Bryan Woodfork’s not a gambling man; still, he says he hit the jackpot.
Mr. Woodfork, 22, who graduated in May from Seton Hill University in Greensburg with a bachelor’s degree in sports management, was planning to spend the summer interning for the Atlanta Falcons football team in Georgia.
But, the day before he was to graduate, he received an offer and decided to accept an internship with the Seattle Seahawks. And of course now he gets to go to the Superbowl Sunday where the Seahawks play the Denver Broncos for the National Football League’s top prize.
Mr. Woodfork went to the state of Washington in July to be a Fan Development and Community Outreach intern not only for the Seahawks but also the Seattle Sounders Football Club, which is part of Major League Soccer.
“I think I made the right choice,” he said.
A Brashear High School graduate, Mr. Woodfork is in East Rutherford, N.J., for this weekend’s extravaganza. "It’s pretty amazing,'' he said in a phone call.
During the regular season, Mr. Woodfork plans community activities, including school visits that encourage youth exercise and physical fitness and events involving the Seahawks Kids Club. During postseason he has planned many fan rallies and has worked on game day events.
According to Mr. Woodfork, the enthusiasm certainly accelerated as the team made its way to the playoffs. In fact, the crowds, which have gained the name of the “12th Man,” became overwhelming.
“The atmosphere? Well, it’s hard to put into words,” he said. “Truly their stadium is the loudest stadium I’ve ever been in.”
While Mr. Woodfork says he will be rooting for the Seahawks, he insisted his favorite team will always be the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Mr. Woodfork's last day at the internship is Sunday. But, he said, this is a time he will never forget.
“Being a part of the NFL organization is pretty cool,” he said.
Mr. Woodfork, who played football as a receiver for Brashear and defensive end at Seton Hill until he was injured, hopes to continue a sports career. He dreams of someday being a coach.
But, for the time being, he merely plans on enjoying the benefit of being with a Super Bowl organization, one which he hopes will bring home the Lombardi trophy.
“Go ‘hawks!” said Mr. Woodfork, who said that win would make his 23rd birthday on Wednesday one truly to be remembered.
Linda Metz, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.