Super Bowl credentials don't seem like they're too terribly hard to get these days. Just take a look at the photo above that was taken at Super Bowl Media Day last year. It features everyone who lives in America—and a few people from abroad, too—gathered around Richard Sherman. It's clear that you can probably obtain a Super Bowl credential if you really want one.
But here's a piece of advice for you if you do happen to come up on a Super Bowl credential: Don't put a photo of it up on Facebook.
Russ Knight—an Arizona man who was hired by the NFL to serve as an assistant frequency coordinator (whatever that is!) during Super Bowl XLIX—found that out the hard way this week. He was so excited to receive his Super Bowl credential that he took a photo with it on and then posted that photo to Facebook. And even though it was difficult to actually see the credential in the photo, someone from NFL security called him almost immediately.
"He said, 'Russ, we've got a problem,'" Knight told CBS 5 in Phoenix. "Apparently, on my picture, even though it's far away, they could zoom in and they could read my credential on the bottom."
Because the NFL prohibits people from posting photos of credentials online to reduce the risk of credentials being duplicated, Knight was told that he'd have to turn his in and forfeit his right to work at the Super Bowl. And he's devastated about it.
"I can't blame anybody else," he said. "I was the guy. I was the fool who didn't read the fine print. I was that guy. It hurts real bad."
We're sure it does. You had the chance to work at a Super Bowl—the Super Bowl—and you blew it in exchange for a Facebook photo. This Facebook photo (with the credential blurred out):
Did you at least get, like, 100 likes for it?!
[via Eye on Football]
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