Winchester- How an interstate highway changed the face of one small town Facebook – a growing marketplace for local entrepreneurs When kids know best Giving some love to those dog days Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr

Manchester grad enjoys a “Super” Experience

2014 Manchester High School graduate Tyler Brummett (right side with hat), was part of a group of Wilmington College students who had the experience of a lifetime being part of a volunteer force for Super Bowl LI in Houston last month.

Brummett part of Wilmington group volunteering at NFL’s biggest game –

By Mark Carpenter –

For most of us, Super Bowl Sunday is a day to gather with friends or just stay around the house to watch the NFL’s biggest game with family.  For one recent graduate of Manchester High School, Super Bowl LI last month in Houston was a much-more hands-on experience.  From almost being run over by James Harden’s Rolls-Royce to working the Patriots’ $10,000 a ticket after-party, Super Bowl Week in Houston gave Tyler Brummett a lifetime of memories.
Brummett was part of a group of 15 students from Wilmington College, mostly Sports Management majors, who, accompanied by their professor Alan Ledford, who set the group up with a committee that was looking for volunteers for various assignments during Super Bowl Week.
“We were in Houston for about a week before the game,” said the 2014 MHS graduate.  “First we helped work an event called the ‘NFL Experience’ which is open to the public.  We helped with all the games that guests could compete in, things like Punt, Pass, and Kick and Vertical Jump Testing. That event also included autograph sessions with NFL players, celebrities, and coaches.  You could even have your picture taken with the real Lombardi Trophy. We worked there the days leading up to gameday and during the game we were in the stadium assisting with different things.”
“At the NFL Experience, I saw a lot of NFL Players, like Travis Kelce of the Chiefs who walked away from me when I told him I was a Steelers fan.  I talked to Randall Cobb, Mike Evans, DeShaun Watson, and some others.”
Most people’s first question might be “Did you get to see any of the game at all?”  Brummett’s answer would be “yes.”
“I was stationed right behind the Falcons end zone about 10 rows up from the field working security,” he said.  “I was fortunate enough to be able to watch the whole game and the halftime show from where I was.  It was one of the best places to watch it.  I saw everything in the post game too- the celebration and Tom Brady getting the Lombardi Trophy.”
When the game and celebration ended, the night was just beginning for Brummett and his group as they were off to work at the New England after-party, which turned out to be one of the most memorable experiences of the week.
“We went into a massive room at the stadium for the after-party,” said Brummett.  “People only got in with a game ticket plus another $10,000 ticket.  There were players and celebrities-it was amazing.  I got to talk to Brady and many other players and celebs.  The party was all you could eat and all you could drink and they had concerts by John Legend, Pitbull, Snoop Dogg, and Lil Wayne.  It went from the end of the game until like 3 a.m. And I took so many pictures that my phone died before Snoop or Lil Wayne even performed, but it was an amazing experience.”
It wasn’t all work for the Wilmington group as they got to “play” a bit during their time in Houston.
“We went to Galveston Beach and swam in the Gulf, and went to a Houston Rockets game, toured the Toyota Center (home of the Rockets), MinuteMaid Park (home of the Astros), and the soccer stadium of the Houston Dynamos,” continued Brummett.  “Maybe the most memorable story didn’t even involve the Super Bowl.  When we were leaving the Toyota Center, we were pulling out of the parking garage and an all-white Rolls Royce Phantom nearly hit us.  We looked in and saw a huge beard and it was James Harden.  He was on his phone and laughed and waved at us.”
“I love football, it’s my passion, so being able to work at the Super Bowl was truly remarkable,” said the former tight end for the Manchester Greyhounds.  “Everybody knows how big the Super Bowl is, but being there in person is a whole different story.  I have never seen so many people in one setting, it is truly unimaginable, something you have to experience yourself before I could even begin to explain.”
“It was the best week of my life and I can’t think of anything I would change about it.  I will remember it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I was blessed to be a part of.”
Brummett, who is now a junior at Wilmington, is looking forward to graduating next spring, but also has another trip on his mind.
“Alan (Ledford) has already secured us a spot for next year’s Super Bowl in Minneapolis, so hopefully I am able to experience all of this again.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© The People's Defender - All rights reserved