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Nashville Predators' fan uses belly to excite crowd

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

If you have been to a Nashville Predators game this year, you have probably seen Big Ben projected on the Jumbo-tron. 
 
Among Predators fans, Big Ben is known best for showing off his painted stomach during games.

"It started just with some guys in Cell Block 303 joking around saying, ‘Hey we've got some ideas,'" Big Ben told Nashville's News 2.

Those ideas included Ben painting and showing off his stomach during a January 2011 game last season.

Now, a year and a half later, Big Ben has posed for pictures with hundreds of fans including a few well known celebrities.

"I have been fortunate to meet lots of celebrities.  I met Carrie [Underwood] and Vince [Gill].  We are all just Preds fans," he said, adding, "In the arena she is not Carrie Underwood, she is Ms. Fisher, she is Mike's wife. She is a hockey fan and we are just hockey fans."

Big Ben said he has been asked on several occasions why he paints his stomach and for him, the answer is simple.

"I could sit there and cheer, but why not have some more fun with it? I kind of look at it as [my job]. The guys are out there on their ice giving their all so, I kind of look at it as my job to get the crowd going, especially on a rough game," he explained.

During the last home game, Big Ben unveiled a Phoenix Coyote getting clobbered by a Predators Anvil, though he said he keeps the artwork a secret until game time.

"One time last year once or twice someone else saw it before hand and we lost the games so I try not to jinx it. I am pretty superstitious," he said.

One thing is for sure, Big Ben will be at the game doing his part to keep the crowd excited.

Graphic design student Liz Guilyard is the artist behind Big Ben's last two stomach art pieces.

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