Thirteen months ago, Jean and Joseph Nobert were looking for Chiefs playoff tickets. This weekend, they’re heading to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.
What began as a quest for father and son to attend the Chiefs vs. Ravens playoff last January ended with the two becoming first-time Season Ticket Holders.
“I’ll be 62 years old in June and I thought, ‘I’d like to see a playoff game before I decide I can’t go anymore,’ so I checked into getting playoff tickets and was told of an opportunity to become a Season Ticket Holder that I found appealing,” Jean Nobert explained.
Nobert commutes more than three hours from McPherson, Kansas to attend games. His son makes a similar drive from El Dorado, Kansas. Regardless, they went forward with a decision to become Chiefs Season Ticket Holders.
In addition to securing playoff seats, Nobert chose to purchase two upper level season tickets in Section 319. If for nothing else it was an opportunity for him and his son, now 31 years old, to spend more time together.
“It was a super experience and we both enjoyed the season ticket part of it because of the tailgating,” Jean Nobert said. “But as the season went on, things weren’t looking so good on the field and I had some very serious thoughts about not renewing our seats for 2012.
“Of course, with Romeo Crennel they kind of perked up at the end of the season. I told my son that I’d be totally retired by next football season, so why not go ahead and renew again for at least one more year?”
Nobert’s decision to renew more than paid for itself. It’s offered he and Joe a once in a lifetime opportunity.
The Nobert’s paid their renewal deposit in December to make them eligible for the Chiefs 30 Prizes in 30 Days Sweepstakes. Prize packages ranged from tailgate parties, to pre-game field passes, to Super Bowl XLVI tickets.
“I told my son that there were some neat things they were drawing winners for,” said Nobert. “I’d never been on the field before, or had an opportunity to meet any of the players, but I never thought beyond my wildest dreams that I’d end up winning Super Bowl tickets.”
The Nobert’s had won “The Granddaddy of Them All,” but Chiefs President Mark Donovan initially had trouble reaching the winners to share the good news.
“Mark called me and left me a message saying that he had some good news for me, and of course the whole time I was listening to the message I thought it was some type of sales call trying to get me to upgrade my seats, so I didn’t immediately call him back,” Nobert chuckled.
But the President of the team wasn’t trying to sell anything.
After some time had passed, and with Super Bowl Weekend drawing closer, reaching Nobert became urgent. If he couldn’t be reached, another grand prize winner would need to be drawn.
“Leah from the customer relations department finally got a hold of me on the phone and told me that I had won,” explained Nobert. “I just laughed and said, ‘Yeah, sure I did. I’ve heard these kinds of deals before.
“Then she finally went through the spiel about the 30-day drawing and it all kind of soaked in. I realized that this deal was actually legit. Of course, the feeling was just amazing. You never think you’re going to be the person that wins something like that.”
Jean and Joe will hit the road Friday morning with a stop-over in St. Louis to visit family members. From there, it’s off to Indianapolis to represent Chiefs Fans at the Super Bowl.
“I’ve been on sick leave from a procedure and was actually supposed to return to work the Monday after the game,” Nobert laughed. “So I called my boss and told him I needed to take Monday and Tuesday off to go to the Super Bowl, but he didn’t believe me.
“He initially told me he couldn’t let me do it, so I told him that I’d still be sick for another three days. It all ended up working out in the end with staffing and everything. We’re just incredibly excited.”
A 22-year veteran of McPherson’s National Cooperative Refinery, Nobert’s retirement is currently planned for May 25th.
“It’s one heck of an early retirement gift,” Nobert said. “Everything that surrounds the game just sounds amazing. Our seats are on AFC side, but we’re going wear Chiefs Red more than anything else.”