This Navy veteran is ‘sleeping over’ at Sunday’s big game
As service members, we sometimes have to sleep in some very uncomfortable places in order to accomplish our mission.
But for one Navy veteran, all of his long, sleepless nights aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) are about to pay off with the help of Courtyard Hotels.
Former Naval officer Courey Marshall has officially won the Courtyard Super Bowl Sleepover Contest and got the surprise of a lifetime.
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The contest awards one superfan the chance to sleep over at the stadium and wake up in a suite on the day of the NFL's biggest game of the year — the Super Bowl.
To secretly get Courey to show up for the big reveal, he was under the impression he was attending a photo shoot for the contest's finalists.
Standing in front of a large Courtyard Hotel backdrop, Courey posed for photographers while taking instructions from an unexpected and concealed director, future NFL Hall-of-Famer Peyton Manning.
After calling a play at a fake line of scrimmage, Manning finally revealed himself from his curtained location to surprise the longtime fan.
Manning handed over the two Super Bowl tickets to Courey and wife, Chelsea, who was also at the shoot, and informed him of his 'sleepover' privileges.
"It's a dream come true," Marshall happily stated.
Courey served in the Navy from 2008 to 2012 as a divisional officer and oversaw approximately 45 sailors who served as "operations specialists." Their roles consisted of aiding and helping execute the ship's combat missions.
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Check out Courtyard Hotels' video below to watch this former Navy officer get surprised by NFL legend Peyton Manning with tickets to Super Bowl LII.