When Bobby Sena found out he was going to the Steelers-Ravens AFC Wild Card game on January 3, he couldn't have been more excited.
But what awaited him upon his arrival at Heinz Field was the thrill of a lifetime, when the 12-year learned from Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel that he was selected as the NFL Play 60 Super Kid."
It was cool and exciting," said Sena, who is from Orlando, Fla. "I turned around and saw Brett Keisel. When he broke the news I was so excited I almost cried."
Pittsburgh Steelers fan Bobby Sena has been chosen as this year's NFL Play 60 Super Kid. Brett Keisel surprised Sena before the Steelers-Ravens playoff game with the news that he will be attending Super Bowl XLIX.
Sena is in Phoenix, Arizona this week and on Sunday he will play a role in Super Bowl XLIX when he hands the officials the game ball before kickoff.
"It's going to be amazing," said Sena. "It's always been a dream to go to the Super Bowl. It's going to be an honor to be there. To have that experience, not every day do you hear people say I am going to hand the ball off to the officials. I am going to remember this moment for the rest of my life."
Sena became a Steelers' fan after friends told him he looked like Steelers' safety Troy Polamalu. He began researching Polamalu and following the team, and turned into a fan of everyone who wears the black and gold and gained respect for the organization.
"I played flag football so I had Troy as a role model," said Sena. "Then I started liking the Steelers more and all the other players as well. Hearing the great stories about the Steelers, how the season went, they gave a great effort, did what they had to do in the hardest division. To know my team is a great team and there are so many good people on it is great feeling."
Thousands of young kids entered the NFL Play 60 Super Bowl Contest online, and Sena pledged to be active for 60 minutes a day and shared why he is passionate about eating healthy and playing outside.
"It's really good to be active," said Sena, who plays flag football, golf and walks his dog regularly. "A bunch of studies prove that kids who walk for 20 minutes are learning better in school than if they do nothing and just sit there. I think it goes with academics and health."
Sena's love for the Steelers was evident during his visit to Heinz Field, when he met players, coaches and even Steelers chairman Dan Rooney Sr.
"It was such an honor. They treated me so great," said Sena. "They treated me like a lifelong friend. As a fan, knowing that my team is great, the owners, the players and staff are great people is special.
"I've always wanted to go to Heinz Field. Then to see the players up close. I got to see Troy Polamalu, Brett Keisel and Ben Tate. I even saw Ben Roethlisberger up close. That was really cool."