An Olympia teen got the surprise of a lifetime when Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner called with tickets to Super Bowl XLIX.
Daniel Duncan, 13, departs Friday for Arizona to watch the Seahawks battle the New England Patriots. The prize was arranged by the Make-A-Wish Foundation after a longtime season ticketholder donated three tickets, plus lodging and airfare.
Joining Daniel will be his mother, Maureen Duncan, and his aunt, Jo-Anne Kernan.
Daniel, a student at Washington Middle School, has been diagnosed with rare birth defects that have severely affected his eyesight and can be life-threatening. His wish was to go to the Super Bowl while he could still see.
“His eyesight right now is getting worse,” said his mother, adding that doctors expect Daniel to eventually become legally blind.
She also said Daniel is crazy about sports, like the rest of the family. Daniel answered the call about the Super Bowl tickets last Friday in Principal Paul Anders’ office, and his reaction was captured on video.
“Oh my god! I’m freaking out!” he said when Wagner told him the news.