Richard Fierro, a U.S. veteran who stopped a mass shooter in November, is headed to Super Bowl LVII next month thanks to a surprise from his favorite team, the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Chargers flew Fierro to their team facility just outside of Los Angeles last month, where he greeted players. After practice ended, the entire team lined up to instead meet Fierro and thank him.
That Sunday, Fierro was welcomed onto the field at SoFi Stadium during their game against the Los Angeles Rams. It was then that he and his family were surprised with Super Bowl LVII tickets for the game in LA next month.
“It’s unreal,” Fierro told CBS News. “I felt like I was a part of the team for like five seconds. It was beautiful and it really was impactful for me.”
“What he did, man, saving so many lives, salute to that,” Chargers running back Joshua Kelley said.
Fierro’s daughter lost her boyfriend, 22-year-old Raymond Green Vance, in the shooting.
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Fierro has cheered for the Chargers for years. He told CBS News that when he was deployed in the military, the team was his “home.”
“This is what we do as our hobby, it keeps us at home,” said Fierro. “When we’re deployed or when we’re anywhere else, the Chargers was like home. We just held on to that and that is just something that always brought us back to home.”