Former Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich visits children at BBCH

May 17, 2019
PORTLAND, Maine – Former Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich tackled his softer side on Friday, as he spent time with children at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center (BBCH).

“Giving back to the community, and particularly to kids, is something I have always enjoyed,” Ninkovich said. “It’s important for children in the hospital to know that we, as athletes, are cheering for them, just like they cheered for me.”

Ninkovich went room to room in both BBCH’s inpatient unit and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, spending time with each child, showing off his Super Bowl rings and signing autographs. Seven-year-old Karsyn Mann, who had been studying up on the Lombardi Trophy before Ninkovich’s arrival, got to try on both of Ninkovich’s rings.

“This was my first time meeting someone famous from football,” she said. “Today was a really special day. I really liked the rings. He’s lucky his team won championships.”

Ninkovich played 11 seasons in the NFL, finishing his career with the New England Patriots in 2017.

About The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital
The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital (BBCH) at Maine Medical Center is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research, and education. With more than 100,000 annual patient visits, the hospital offers services in cancer treatment, cardiology, neonatal care, and numerous other pediatric specialties. Maine’s only certified children’s hospital is designed with children in mind with state-of-the-art hospital equipment, specialty programs and spacious play areas. From well-child visits to specialized medical and surgical treatment of complex, life-threatening illnesses and injuries, BBCH offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient, family-centered care from an exceptional team of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. For more information, visit

About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2018-2019, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing nearly 8,700 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is part of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit