Super Bowl LI was phenomenal and On Location Experiences was very proud to take one special guest along for the ride: Coach Phillip Rhodes of Childress High School, and winner of Good Morning America’s “Super Coach Surprise”. More than 100 nominations poured in from current and former students, a tribute to Coach Rhodes’ service, dedication, and inspiration to his community.
He was greeted with a welcome package in Houston and invited to attend the best events Super Bowl LI had to offer. From fan favorites like the NFL Experience and Texans House to three star-studded nights at Club Nomadic, Coach Rhodes loved every moment on our A-list.
Gameday was truly the highlight of Coach Rhodes’ weekend, and Super Bowl LI was his first official NFL game. The day started off with one of On Location Experience’s most buzz-worthy pre-game parties – the Stadium Club. Inside he met a variety of professional athletes including his football idol – Deion Sanders, Jerry Rice, Marcus Allen, members of the Atlanta Hawks, and more! He was astonished by the kindness of all the celebrities and humbled by how many had heard his story.
Rhodes and his guest watched the Patriots and Falcons go neck and neck in what turned out to be the most historic Super Bowl showdown. At the conclusion of the game, they joined On Location guests and walked on to a confetti-filled field to watch the trophy presentation and celebrate. While on the field, Coach Rhodes navigated a sea of Patriots players, family members, and cameras to finally meet GMA host Michael Strahan. The two spoke about the game and his time coaching in Childress. To say he was beyond grateful and in awe of every moment would be an understatement.
His trip wrapped up early Monday morning with a live interview from the Patriots Hotel, the JW Marriott. On the air he spoke about his Super Bowl LI weekend with ABC’s Jesse Palmer, who later presented Coach Rhodes an autographed football.
Coach Rhodes said “let me pinch myself, I think I’m dreaming” — we were thrilled to make his dream a reality.
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