Like kids the day before a trip to Disney World, she and three of her best friends couldn't wait to get to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Their plane landed at 5:30 a.m., and their original plan was to get some rest before hitting the streets.
Jim Thompson said the Ravens have become his second team. He said he's not ashamed to admit he jumped on the bandwagon. He's also not afraid of being picked on by his friends.
"The Texans didn't make it, so somebody's got to add a little controversy in here. You know, spice it on up," Thompson shouted as he rose to his toes in excitement. "So, I'm going for the Ravens and Raaaay Lewis! Gotta protect the house!"
His friend Debbie Obendoza quickly responded, "That's ok, he can protect things all he wants to, but the 49ers are going to win!"
Grown men running and jumping accompanied by screaming women clad in team gear – the group of friends from Texas weren't the only sign the NFL Experience is just as much of a good time for adults as it is for children.
From the 40-yard dash to passing precision drills, there were just as many adults at the convention center getting a full dose of activities designed for smaller and younger participants.
Dave Rosas of Harford County in Maryland said the day was a chance at redemption.