A Washington man whose pending birth in 1983 forced his then-pregnant mom to miss welcoming her beloved Seattle Seahawks back home after their AFC Championship win has made up for it in a big way by surprising his mom with Super Bowl tickets.
Mike Harris, 29, arranged for his mom, Vicki Harris, to come over to his house in Mount Lake Terrace, Wash., Tuesday morning under the guise that he needed her to feed his dogs.
Just moments after Vicki Harris arrived, a FedEx truck also arrived at her son's home, carrying the very special delivery of three tickets to watch the Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos Sunday at MetLife Stadium in Super Bowl XLVIII.
"I tried to just keep talking to my mom but was so excited for her to open them," Harris said, admitting the surprise was short-lived.
The reaction of Vicki Harris, a Seahawks' fan since the 1970s and season ticket holder since 2002, was priceless.
"I told her, 'Mom you just had the most amazing reaction. I love you,'" Harris said of his mom's overwhelmed reaction, which was all captured on camera and posted to YouTube.
Vicki Harris had reason to be shocked considering the family - husband Dick, and daughter Michelle, in addition to Mike - had thought that the journey cross-country to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey would be too expensive.
That changed last week when Harris, a freelance cameraman, was online at his best friend's home and saw a headline that Super Bowl ticket prices were dropping.
"I thought, 'Well I'll take a look, and tickets were $1,000 cheaper than a week before so it sparked my mind," Harris said. "So we went on Delta and found a reasonable flight and then found a reasonable hotel for the three of us and priced it all out and it was less than half of what we would have paid a week before."
Harris purchased Super Bowl tickets and plane flights for himself, his mom and his best friend, Jesse Martin, who is, according to Harris, is "like a second son," to his mom.
"They're going to enjoy not being in a huge crowd and not in the cold weather," Harris said of his dad and sister, who will stay behind.
The trio, surely decked out in Seahawks' blue and green, will arrive in New York City on Saturday to take in the pre-game festivities.
Although it's now been two days since Vicki Harris found out a Super Bowl is in her very near future, her son says she still cannot believe it is true.
"I went over to my parents' home and she was in the kitchen cooking and I heard her talking to herself saying, 'I can't believe this. I'm going to the Super Bowl,'" Harris said.