A trip of a lifetime turned out to be an event for the ages for the extended family of Jerry and Lisa Hart of Arab.
Not only did they go to the Super Bowl, they watched the team they were rooting for come back to win in historic fashion.
“We thought it be would be a good trip for all of the family to meet in Houston,” Jerry said.
It was all that and more.
Family members there includes the Harts’ son, Tyler, and his wife, Caleigh Miller Hart, and their daughter, Morgan, who now lives in Foxboro, Mass., home of the New England Patriots.
Morgan lives in Foxboro because she’s been dating former Alabama star and Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower since at least 2012, according to her Facebook page.
She met Hightower while both were at Alabama, and the relationship continued after he was selected by the Patriots in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Hightower was part of two BCS national championship teams at Alabama and now has been a part of two Super Bowl-winning Patriot teams.
That’s why the Harts were rooting heavily for the Patriots and against the Southern team, the Atlanta Falcons.
And to top it all off, Hightower made perhaps the biggest defensive play in the game. His fourth-quarter strip-sack of Matt Ryan and the Patriots’ recovery of the fumble at the 25 set up Tom Brady and the offense for a touchdown that made it a one-score game at 28-20.
The Patriots completed the comeback from a 28-3 deficit and won 34-28 in the first overtime in Super Bowl history.
For the Harts, it turned an already great family event into an electric, unforgettable memory for all.
Caleigh, who married Tyler just last March, said the couple have always wanted to go to a Super Bowl.
“We were cheering for the Patriots,” she said. “It was an awesome game and the comeback was incredible.
“We can’t believe we got to be there to witness it!”
As for Jerry?
“It was an enjoyable trip,” he said in the understatement of the year so far. “I’m glad we got to go to it.”
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