Scott Shelton, a Seattle Seahawks fan, caught the winning touchdown ball Jermaine Kerase threw into the crowd on Sunday. He plans to return the ball to Kearse, turning down a $20,000 offer from a memorabilia dealer. When Kearse called to find out what he wanted, Shelton tried to score a trip to the Super Bowl.
"“My phone rings, and it was Jermaine! Jermaine Kearse, you know? The Man!” Shelton said incredulously. “We were just talking about the game. He told me he wanted to trade his game helmet signed by the team and his jersey, for the ball. And then he asked me what (else) I wanted for the ball. And I said ‘honestly, it would be nice to go see you guys whip New England in the Super Bowl.’ So he’s going to see what he can do about that. But I told him I wouldn’t give it up unless it was going to him. I wouldn’t want anyone else to have it.”"
Nice, innocuous news filler right? Not so fast… The magnanimous Shelton, who wouldn’t dare earn a five-figure profit from his dumb luck, is an unemployed father of two. If Kearse can hook him up with a Super Bowl trip, Shelton will need an early flight back from Arizona. He’s due to turn himself in for a jail term at 2:00pm the day after.
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