Not everyone in the stands on Super Bowl Sunday will be a high roller, league official or corporate sponsor.
A young football card collector from Virginia is heading for the Super Bowl as part of an Upper Deck promotion.
13 year-old TJ Cook from Burkeville, Virginia won the company’s NFL Ultimate Score Sweepstakes, earning him an all-expense-paid trip for two to .
Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Arizona.
“I was jumping up and down when I found out. I was so happy,” said Cook, a seventh-grader at the Amelia Academy in Burkeville, a private school where his father teaches computer science and middle-school math. “And I thought it would only be right to bring my dad along since he was the one who bought most of the packs for me.”
Cook estimated that he registered at least 300 card codes during the promotion. He was randomly selected from a pool of more than a million entries: 1,037,019 to be exact.
“I was in complete shock,” said his father, Tim. “TJ’s been collecting cards for a quite a while, but we never expected something like this. And we’ve never ever dreamed of going to the Super Bowl. In fact, that’s on the list of things you like to do, but probably would never be able to do. But now we’re going.”
In addition to winning tickets to the Super Bowl, three nights’ worth of hotel accommodations, meals and round-trip airfare, TJ and his Dad will also be given the VIP treatment at the NFL Experience interactive theme park and football card show, and partake in a special VIP Tailgate Party prior to kickoff on Sunday.