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Metro Detroit frontline worker gets free trip to Super Bowl LV in Florida

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DETROIT – Rob Foster worked tirelessly as a medical resident on the front lines of Ascension Hospital for months.

He’s being hugely rewarded for this – Foster is sent to Tampa as a special NFL guest to the Super Bowl LV.

While living in Metro Detroit, Foster grew up in Tampa and chose the Buccaneers.

“You won the 2010 Super Bowl once,” said Foster. “Even then, I just sat there amazed. I had no idea what to do. “

Foster has worked with COVID patients for the past year in the surgical intensive care unit at Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit.

“We got all of their orders, their medication, their ventilator settings and everything they needed done,” said Foster.

When his father, who has had a Buccaneers season ticket since 1976, heard that the Super Bowl was sending vaccinated health care workers to the big game, he called his ticket agent.

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“He says, ‘Hey, my son was treating COVID patients in Detroit. Is there a way to get on a list? ‘and she said, “Yeah, absolutely,” recalled Foster.

His father got through and Foster will go to the big game on Sunday.

“When they let me know, I was in such shock. My heart was racing, ”said Foster. “I said, ‘Oh my god. I can’t believe I can go to the Super Bowl. ‘Not just a Super Bowl in Tampa – where I’m from – but the Bucs, who are my favorite team. “

Foster said when he arrives in Tampa on Friday his father gets a big hug.

“He was vaccinated too, and I was vaccinated from our hospital here,” said Foster. “Luckily I can see him when I fly to Tampa.”

But he will be in the game alone with a clipping of his girlfriend and thousands of life-saving health care heroes.

“I think it will be really cool to be there with a couple of other people who are in a similar position,” said Foster. “And we can all somehow identify with one another, although we neither know each other nor have probably ever met.”

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