Aussie fan takes home the game-winning Super Bowl ball after catching it in the crowd
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An Australian sports fan has walked away from the Super Bowl with a priceless piece of memorabilia.
The Aussie bloke miraculously caught the game-winning ball which saw the Kansas City Chiefs clinch their second championship in three seasons.
A Melbourne man could be $500,000 richer after catching the Super Bowl winning field goal in the crowd.— 9News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) February 14, 2023
Auction houses have put a hefty price tag on Eamonn Dixon's piece of sporting memorabilia. @dougalbeatty #9News pic.twitter.com/ezVejKAcQm
40-year-old Eamonn Dixon, who was born and raised in Melbourne, was sitting right underneath the posts at Arizona's State Farm Stadium.
So when Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker slotted a 27-yard field goal with eight seconds left on the clock to seal victory for Kansas City, Eamonn had the best seat in the house to watch it unfold.
Not just that, though, that very same ball actually landed squarely in the Aussie sports fan's lap, meaning he walked home that night with a true collector's item.
"It was a pretty exciting game and everyone was asking for photos with me and giving me high-fives," Eamonn told Radio 3AW.
"Everyone was trying to get it off me but one of my friends who I was with, I shoved it in her bag and we sort of got ushered towards the exit and all of a sudden I was out in the car park. It was all just a bit of a blur."
A Melbourne man who secured last-minute tickets to the @NFL #SuperBowl yesterday ended up catching the game-winning ball after the @Chiefs beat the @Eagles.— 10 News First Melbourne (@10NewsFirstMelb) February 13, 2023
The video captures the moment the ball soars into the air, through the goalposts, and into the arms of Eamonn Dixon. pic.twitter.com/duATy09Rq3
But this story gets even better.
It turns out Eamonn wasn't even meant to be there in the first place – making this moment even more special.
Incredibly, Eamonn actually blagged a last-minute ticket to the Super Bowl.
"I didn't have a ticket to the game but one of my incredible Doritos clients called me up in the morning and said that a spare ticket had become available," he added.
"I got to the game just as the national anthem was being sung. I was just sitting there and then four quarters later the ball just sort of fell in my lap, which was pretty surreal."
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Eamonn Dixon
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