Trenton Couple Attends Super Bowl Halftime Show
by Seth Herrold
R-T Sports Editor
Bruno Mars is said to have come up with his surname because he was “out of this world.” The trip taken by Terry and PJ Herrin to New York this past weekend for the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVIII could be summed up in the same manner – out of this world.
Few people ever get to attend an actual Super Bowl in their lifetime, let alone walk across the field during halftime, but that’s just what the Trenton couple did.
Terry and PJ’s Super Bowl story started weeks before the actual event. Terry, taking full advantage of retirement, was watching the morning show Live With Kelly And Michael.
“I was watching Live With Kelly And Michael. They had a trivia contest on there and the next day they would ask a question about the day before,” Terry said. “I had DVR’d them so I could go back and look and I answered. I got them all right, I know that, and if you got them all right they put your name in a hat to be drawn out. They had one winner every week for, I think, five weeks.”
The contest was sponsored by Pepsi, which also sponsored the Super Bowl halftime show. The tickets they were awarded through the contest were for the halftime show, which starred Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Upon arrival in New York the Herrins were basically handed an itinerary that had their entire trip scheduled.
“(Pepsi) was really good, I will have to say that,” Terry said. “They furnished a car from the airport to the hotel and when we got there they had a group of Pepsi representatives that gave us a little packet and kind of gave us an itinerary of what we had to do and when our free time was and everything.”
At the Super Bowl, the Herrins spent most of the first half going through security with the rest of the fans that would be joining them on the field for the halftime show. Not that they missed much. By the time they stepped out onto the field for the halftime show, Seattle pretty well had the game in hand. Terry was able to high five a few members of the eventual Super Bowl champions as they returned to the field up 22-0 on the Broncos.
“When we left the field we went from the 50-yard line down to the end zone and out that tunnel,” Terry said. “A couple of the Seahawks were coming out as we were leaving so I high-fived them and three of their coaches. I was surprised they did it.”
The halftime show itself, complete with a concert, light show and an incredible fireworks display, was easily one of the top highlights of the trip for the couple.
“It was awesome,” PJ said. “Getting to be on the field at the Super Bowl and walking across the field, it was pretty awesome. Everybody says ‘you didn’t have tickets to the Super Bowl?’ Alright, so we didn’t have tickets. We were on the field at the Super Bowl. That was pretty neat.”
Terry and PJ weren’t that familiar with Bruno Mars going in, but left pretty impressed.
“I knew one of his songs, but I really didn’t know that much about him except for that one song,” Terry said. “But he was really pretty good. A lot of people thought it was the best show they have had in a long time.”
PJ knew nothing of Bruno Mars going in, but had to agree it was a pretty impressive show.
“A lot of people, from what I heard on TV the next day and that night, really were surprised at how good the show was,” PJ said. “Before the show people were, like, ‘Bruno Mars?’ But, yeah, it was really good.”
As for the game, the couple, both Kansas City Chiefs fans, found themselves divided. Terry, who won the tickets, was rooting for the Broncos while PJ sided with Seattle.
“I was rooting for Denver, I really was,” Terry said. “I like Peyton Manning, I was wanting him to win.”
PJ’s feelings were more in line with the majority of Chiefs’ fans.
“I like Peyton Manning, too,” PJ said. “But, I wasn’t going to root for the Broncos.”
After the halftime show Terry, PJ and about 1,500 other fans were rushed off the field as crews scrambled to tear down the stage and get the field ready for the second half. As the Herrins were bussed back to their hotel just off Times Square, they listened to the second half on the radio as Seattle went on to defeat Denver 43-8 in one of the most lopsided Super Bowls in the game’s history.
The Super Bowl halftime show was far from the only thing the Herrins got to enjoy in New York, however. While there, Terry and PJ took in the Statue of Liberty and some other New York highlights.
“I got to get two things off of my bucket list,” Terry said. “I got to ride a subway and we got to go to the Statue of Liberty. We were going to try and get to the Empire State Building, but we ended up running out of time. (Pepsi) furnished us with a brunch that lasted a couple of hours one day, so that ate up some of our time, but they treated us really well.
“We went to a concert they had for us that Pepsi sponsored. Some of the other events I have been to you see these people getting to go right in and then you’re standing there in line for hours. This time, though, we were the ones that got to go in ahead of other people in line. They ran us on in and we were probably in there a good 15 minutes before they even started letting the people in line in.”
The Herrins still have to watch the actual Super Bowl, which they have recorded on their DVR. The experience of the trip, however, is one they are glad they got and one they won’t soon forget.
“We thought we were going to enjoy it, and it was even better than we thought it would be,” Terry said. “You’re down there on the field and you look up at all the people in the stands – it was quite a feeling.”