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From NFL To Milton Schools: Local Groundskeeper Works His Turf Magic

New England Patriots' Stephen Gostkowski attempts a field goal against Los Angeles Rams.
Morry Gash
Associated Press
Lee Keller has prepared the fields for twenty Super Bowls, including the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta.

If you're a big fan of football, there's a good chance you've seen the work of Lee Keller, who's left his mark on the last twenty Super Bowls. Not as a player or a coach, but as a groundskeeper.

Keller didn't rush or throw for any touchdowns, or even kick an extra point in any of those championship games. What he did do was help prepare the fields for those NFL title games for the players and officials who roamed them.   

Lee Keller at VPR
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Lee Keller at VPR's Colchester studio.

Keller is a groundskeeper for the Milton School District, with a resumethat just happens to also include an impressive list of professional and international venues far from Vermont.

He started his career working the fields for the Kansas City Royals, and has gone on to join the grounds crew for the last twenty Super Bowls.

Listen to the full interview above to hear more from Keller about his work and where it's taken him.

Broadcast live on July 7, 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

A graduate of NYU with a Master's Degree in journalism, Mitch has more than 20 years experience in radio news. He got his start as news director at NYU's college station, and moved on to a news director (and part-time DJ position) for commercial radio station WMVY on Martha's Vineyard. But public radio was where Mitch wanted to be and he eventually moved on to Boston where he worked for six years in a number of different capacities at member station a Senior Producer, Editor, and fill-in co-host of the nationally distributed Here and Now. Mitch has been a guest host of the national NPR sports program "Only A Game". He's also worked as an editor and producer for international news coverage with Monitor Radio in Boston.
Matt Smith worked for Vermont Public from 2017 to 2023 as managing editor and senior producer of Vermont Edition.
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