Nearly a month after the Clemson Tigers won a national title in their big game, head coach Dabo Swinney surprised one of their equipment managers with tickets to an even bigger game.
Swinney gave David Saville, a team equipment manager with special needs, two tickets to Super Bowl LIII, and video of the moment was posted to Clemson Football’s Twitter early Thursday.
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“You do so much for this team, just the joy that you bring every day, the perspective, how hard you work — one of the hardest workers that we’ve got around here,” Swinney said to Saville while the team huddled around them after a workout.
That’s when Swinney pulls out the tickets.
“The NFL, they have presented you with two Super Bowl tickets,” he said before Saville threw his arms around Swinney’s neck in a hug.
Saville is then seen calling his dad to tell him the news. An equipment manager with the team since 2014, Saville, 28, is a graduate of ClemsonLIFE, a specially-designed program for students with intellectual disabilities. He was even featured in a story that aired on ESPN’s College GameDay in 2017.
“As y’all will see, David fills the room with joy and just such a wonderful spirit,” Swinney says into the camera afterward. “He gives our team and our spirit unbelievable perspective, and I have yet to see David Saville have a bad day.”
Sunday’s Super Bowl game will take place in Atlanta and feature the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots.