In 2017, 12-Year-Old from Wayne Earned Spotlight Imitating New York Giants Coach

Ben McAdoo
The imitation Ben McAdoo (Peter Costigan), left, and the real Ben McAdoo.

A 12-year-old from Wayne scored a high-five from an NFL coach, a game ball, player gear, and a moment of television stardom for his New York Giants look.

Equipped with a headset, fake mustache, sunglasses, team sweatshirt, and a Minella’s Diner menu made into a coach’s play card, Peter Costigan looked the part of New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo, in miniature. He managed to grab the attention of McAdoo himself, television crews, and a myriad of social-media-sharing Giants fans on New Year’s Day.

“Oh, my god, there’s a picture of me on Giants social media. That’s crazy,” he said in a New York Post report by Fred Kerber.

Costigan had help from his parents and three brothers, and in return, they got towels, gloves, and hats after meeting Giants players from their front-row seats.

It all started a few months earlier when Costigan’s father noticed his son’s latest haircut gave him the look of the New York coach.

“It was a beautiful day,” Costigan’s father, Mike, said. “With a joke, typically someone is the butt, on the wrong side. This was innocent fun. Sunday, everybody won.”

Read more about the New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo’s look-alike in the New York Post here.

Editor’s Note: This post first appeared Jan. 11, 2017.

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