Watch: Bucs' Rob Gronkowski surprises healthcare workers with Super Bowl LV tickets

Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski surprised four healthcare workers over the weekend with free Super Bowl tickets ahead of the big game on Sunday in Tampa, Fla.

Gronkowski surprised Mandy Mueske, Woody Nixon, Belinda Spahn and Heather Stegmeier during what they thought was a video conference call for work. Gronkowski then popped onto the screen to invite them to the game.


"We are playing in the big game and we want you there inside Raymond James Stadium cheering us on," Gronkowski said.

Mueske and Nixon -- from Moffitt Cancer Center -- and Spain and Stegmeier (AdventHeath) will be among 7,500 healthcare workers in attendance as honorary guests of the NFL for the game on Sunday. Raymond James Stadium will have a reduced capacity of about 22,000 fans for the Super Bowl, a safety precaution for the coronavirus pandemic.

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All healthcare workers in attendance for the game will have completed COVID-19 vaccinations before Super Bowl LV.

"I am so excited," Mueske said in a video released Monday by the Buccaneers. "I've never been to a Bucs game but I've always wanted to, so the first time going is going to be the Super Bowl. I watch games every Sunday. Go Bucs!"


Mueske is a nurse who has worked in the COVID-19 unit at Moffitt Cancer Center. Nixon treats COVID-19 patients in Moffitt's intensive care unit.

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Stegmeier is the infection control manager at AdventHealth Wesley Chapel, where she assists team members with personal protective equipment. Spahn -- an ICU nurse -- was in charge of caring for AdventHealth North Pinellas' first COVID-19 patient.

Super Bowl LV kicks off at 6:30 p.m. EST on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

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