Alex Uhl, a Navy sailor from Waverly had the chance of a lifetime. He carried the flag of the United States Navy onto the football field at Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta.
It was where the 53rd “Big Game” was held on Sunday.
“Being on live TV in front of millions and being on the field at the Super Bowl, it’s still very surreal,” Uhl said.
It is a moment Uhl said he never thought he would get to do in his two years as a sailor.
“It’s always been my dream to go to a Super Bowl,” He said. “The fact that I’m going to be doing the national anthem for it is crazy.”
He carried the Navy’s flag along side the representatives from the other military branches. Uhl stood behind Gladys Knight who sang the national anthem.
Sailors need to be in good standing, be part of the ceremonial guard and show interest to get the job. He did show interest as well as two other sailors.
“I ended up getting chosen out of us three. I believe it was because I know the most about football, maybe,” Uhl said comically. “It was a hard a decision, I guess, from our chain of command.”
Uhl did have a pick as to who he hoped would win.
“The Rams,” He said. “I’m a Steelers’ Fan so I can’t see the Patriots have another Superbowl.”
Uhl said he has relatives who also served in the United States military. His uncle took tours of the Middle East as a Marine. His great grandfather was in the air force during World War II.