Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Area Sports

April 7, 2011

Jean Risner was on the road to Super Bowl XLV

CROSSVILLE — Fairfield Glade resident Jean Risner made the trip of lifetime many people don't ever get — a trip to the Super Bowl.

"I was notified by the Pepsi coordinator on Aug. 20, 2010, that I had won the trip to the Super Bowl for two. I invited my niece, Lara Miller, to go with me. She called our trip an 'adventure,'" said Risner.

The trip included airfare from Sarasota, FL, to Dallas, TX, transportation from the airiport to the hotel and return, four nights at the Spring Hill Suites by Marriott in Dallas, two tickets to the Super Bowl, tickets to the Pepsi Super Bowl party in Fort Worth, Super Bowl jackets and backpacks and a $250 check.

"Since we were scheduled to be in Sarasota for two weeks prior to the Super Bowl, we were allowed to fly out of Sarasota," she added. "our trip was an 'adventure.' Little did we know that Dallas would be iced over with six inches of snow when I was notified on a hot day in August 2010 that I had won the trip!"

According to Risner, the trip on Air Tran via Atlanta was "uneventful," until they arrived in Dallas to freezing temperatures. The cab driver drove them through heavy traffic and icy roads to the hotel in downtown Dallas. It took only three hours to get to the hotel that ordinarily took 30 minutes.

On Friday night, they went by bus to Forth Worth to the Pepsi Main Event Entertainment Party for an exciting evening of fun and food.

"We met and mingled with special football guests and met winners from Cedar Rapids, IA, and Tennessee and their guests.

Every morning they had a delicious breakfast served at the hotel. For their other meals, it was "touch and go" to get to the restaurants near the hotel, according to Risner.

On Sunday, they departed the hotel for the Super Bowl via bus. The crowd at the Cowboys Stadium was unbelievable with over 103,000 fans in attendance. With all the "hustle and bustle" and checking through security, they missed Christina Aguilera singing and bungling the Star Spangled Banner and the kickoff by 20 minutes.

"Our favorite team, the Green Bay Packers, beat the Pittsburg Steelers by (a score of) 31-25," she said. "We enjoyed the $30 million video screen that was 90 feet above the field where we could see the game and the entertainers, the Black Eyed Peas, singer Usher and guitarist Slash close up. There were over 1,000 female dancers dressed in white jump suits."

They also saw several celebrities on the large screen. They were Michael Douglas and his family; former President George W. and Laura Bush, Ashton Kutcher and his wife, Demi Moore, Harrison Ford and his actress wife, and Jamie Foxx.

On Monday, they left the hotel via car and were driven to the Dallas airport, arriving in Sarasota where she and her niece stayed for two more days.

The "adventure" had ended and she was in route to her home in Fairfield Glade and Lara to her home in Williamsburg, KY.

"Thanks to Pepsi for a great trip!" she concluded.

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