Imagine being in University of Phoenix Stadium to witness the dramatic ending of Super Bowl XLIX. Now imagine watching that ending with former New England Patriots great Lawyer Milloy.
And not paying a single penny to do so.
That’s apparently what Richard Whalen and Paul McEvoy, two NFL fans from Ireland, pulled off Sunday.
Whalen and McEvoy bought plane tickets to Arizona but were hoping for a “miracle” since they didn’t have Super Bowl tickets. So when they found themselves outside the stadium Sunday night, they decided to throw caution to the wind and just walk in. Amazingly, it worked.
“Our game plan was to be super confident,” Whalen said in a recent radio interview, via The Independent. “We just thought if we pretend we belong there, nobody will question us. Between one layer of security and another we just walked in behind these 20 first aid workers, straight up to the front door and hid in behind them.
“Paul was looking at his phone, pretending to text me, as if we had just popped out to look at an email we got or something. We walked past another security guard that just wasn’t paying attention. We could see the field then, the stadium and the atmosphere was insane. … I remember looking at Paul’s face, we just couldn’t believe we got in.”
It gets even better.
The pair bounced around before finding seats in the fourth row vacated by two girls who had performed in the halftime show. And who was sitting right next to them? Milloy, of course.
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That pretty darn awesome. As for Milloy’s choice of hat? Well, he is a Washington native and finished his career with the Seattle Seahawks, so we’ll let it slide.