After the year that health care workers have had to endure, the least they deserve is to cheer on their team at the Super Bowl, and Rob Gronkowski is here to answer their prayers.
Rob Gronkowski Spreading the Super Bowl Cheer
In typical Oprah fashion, Rob Gronkowski phoned four health care heroes to surprise them with the good news that they were selected to cheer on the Buccaneers at the Super Bowl.
According to the emotional Twitter post by the organization, “Recently, the NFL announced that 7,500 vaccinated healthcare workers would be receiving invites to Super Bowl LV.”
Since applying for the coveted tickets, Mandy Mueske and Woody Nixon, COVID nurses from the Moffitt Cancer Center, and Belinda Spahn and Heather Stegmeier from AdventHealth were under the assumption that they were not selected. Heather is an infection control manager.
Gronk called the four lucky winners over video call to shock them with the excellent news.
Excitement for the Matchup
The big game will take place at home for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski will take on the defending champions of Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. Read more about the quarterback matchup here.
“The first time, the home team is the actual home team, and I’m going to be there. I can’t believe that,” Woody Nixon said.
Mandy Mueske was also stunned by the news, saying this experience will be a first for her.
“I am so excited,” said Mueske. “I’ve never been to a Bucs game, but I’ve always wanted to. So the first time going is going to be the Super Bowl – I’m so excited… I watch games every Sunday. Go Bucs!”
The NFL reports that the four healthcare workers, as well as the other 7,500, have completed their COVID vaccines and will be some of the select few allowed into Raymond James Stadium.
In addition, the Buccaneers posted their gratitude to AdventHealth and the Moffitt Cancer Center for everything they do. Peter O’Reilly, NFL Executive Vice President of Club Business and League Events, also extended his appreciation in a statement.
“As the NFL season culminates in Tampa Bay, we are thanking our healthcare heroes who have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are honored to salute those who have demonstrated dedication, commitment, and courage and deserve our deepest gratitude and admiration.”
Rob Gronkowski recently came out of retirement to join former Patriots teammate Tom Brady, now in Tampa Bay. It is the first time the organization has made it to the Super Bowl since 2002.