The Broncos Punter Was Forced To Buy An $1,800 Ticket To The Super Bowl For HIs Two Week Old Daughter
DailyMail- He may be competing in the most popular sporting event of the year, but that doesn't mean Denver Broncos kicker Britton Colquitt gets to bend the rules when it comes to tickets.
In order to have his one-week-old daughter at the Super Bowl on Sunday, Colquitt has had to buy $1,800 pass just like everybody else.
'It's kind of crazy,' he admitted to the Denver Post on Wednesday. 'There's no age limit to tickets. You won't remember, but I’m paying for it. It’s not about the money because with the tickets you end up kind of forfeiting your Super Bowl check. It’s about the medal I guess and the memories and putting your name in history forever.'
The 30-year-old, who has two other children, welcomed the newborn on January 21. He said he couldn't bear the thought of leaving his youngest daughter out - especially if they win. As his wife is still breastfeeding, he would have to forfeit two family members if he didn't.
And so, even though the newborn won't be able to remember it, Colquitt used up his entire ticket allowance worth $27,000 that comes out of his check, but he shrugged it off.
'If we win and my wife and two kids are there, but she's not, how do I explain that to her?' Colquitt asked the Post. In the pictures, if we win, I'd like her to be in it.'
Does it surprise me that the NFL is charging one of their employees nearly $2,000 for a seat that isn't going to be used? No, not in the slightest. Maximizing profits is what the NFL does, and if that means feeding on the pockets of newly appointed parents then so be it. It's a ridiculous price to pay for a hypothetical picture that would feature someone that would never remember it taking place, but no, I'm not shocked the NFL is making a player pay it. This is certainly an inconvenience to Britton Colquitt and his family, but that's why he can't be too upset about it. When an $1,800 ticket to take a two week old to the Super Bowl is merely an inconvenience then it's simply not important enough to argue over. You have to pick your battles, and when you are the highest paid punter in the league making 3.25 MILLION a year then a squabble over a couple thousand bucks is not a battle worth fighting. As scummy as the NFL is when it comes to penny pinching, there aren't too many companies that will pay a person a seven figure yearly salary for accurately and powerfully kicking a ball a couple times a week over the course of a few months. All in all, Britton Colquitt is doing pretty damn good for himself and his family, and he's doing it without expending all that much energy. He's in the fortunate situation to play a non-contact position in a game that is going to take years off the lives of 95% of it's participants. He can just consider the $1,800 a convenience charge for being able to play football as well as look forward to a life full of health, happiness, and non-compromised brain tissue.