The Seaman family vacation took things to a new level earlier this month.
Pastor Dale Seaman of Porterville’s Calvary Baptist Church and his family were fortunate enough to tag along with their son, Tim Seaman, and his Boron High School Bobcats varsity football team during their all-expense paid trip to Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz.
Tim Seaman, the head coach at Boron, entered his team in the NFL’s Together We Make Football (TWMF) contest for a trip to this year’s Super Bowl and won.
Pastor Seaman, his wife Jane and their two other sons, Phil and Josh, were able to sign on as official team sponsors and accompany Tim and his team throughout their once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The Seaman family and the Bobcats traveled to Arizona in style, riding around in the NFL TWMF bus that picked everyone up in front of Boron High on the morning of Jan. 29 .
“When that bus pulled up it was unbelievable,” Pastor Seaman said. “Everywhere we went people [stopped to take a look], because this was the bus that was taking us around town to all of the different events.”
While the culminating event of the trip for the team was the Super Bowl, the Bobcats had a full calendar of special NFL-sponsored events leading up the game.
When the Bobcats arrived the Thursday evening before the big game, they were the honored guests at the NFL Films Documentary premier on the Bobcats and their community of Boron. Pastor Seaman said that the players got to meet some past and present NFL greats like Deon Sanders and Troy Polamalu. Pastor Seaman said that he personally had a friendly conversation with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
The following morning Tim and his team appeared on the “Today Show” and took pictures with the Seahawk and Patriot cheerleaders. Afterwards they took a trip to the Phoenix Convention Center to check out the NFL experience, where the floors were filled with professional football memorabilia and special displays including the Lombardi trophy. That same day The Seaman family and the team had lunch at the Legends Lounge, where 15 NFL Hall of Famers waited to meet and hang out with the team. The Bobcats capped off their second night by heading to Luke Air Force Base in Glendale for a VH1-sponsored concert.
On the third day the Bobcats had a special visit from San Diego Charger great LaDainian Tomlinson during lunch. “He ate with the kids and visited with them for almost an hour, just talking football,” Pastor Seaman said.
That night the Seamans and the Bobcats attended their special red-carpet event filled with the some of the biggest names in the game, like Troy Aikman, Odell Beckham Jr, Larry Fitzgerald and many more. In addition, the NFL spared no expense in providing the best viewing experience possible for the Bobcats by securing first-rate special access tickets right off the 50-yard line, about two or three rows back.
“I was impressed how far the NFL was willing to go for these boys,” Pastor Seaman said. “Everything was first-class, and those kids saw the human side of the NFL. The players were so gracious and kind.”
According to Tim Seaman, many of his players had never been to a college game, or outside the limits of Kern County, so this experience was truly life changing for them.
“I was a youth pastor for 13 years, so I’ve traveled with groups all the time, and those kids were one of the best,” Pastor Seaman said. “They behaved themselves, they had proper respect, and I was very impressed with them.”