REDDING, Calif. - A 13-year-old Redding boy who's made it his mission to honor veterans in all fifty states is going to the Super Bowl compliments of the NFL.
When Preston Sharp started placing flags and flowers on the graves of veterans at Redding's Memorial Park cemetery several years ago, he never imagined it would have taken him very far.
“I had no clue that I would be getting invited to go to the White House and meeting the president or even getting invited to the Superbowl when starting honoring veterans with flags and flowers,” Sharp said. “And I just think that it's really awesome that people are getting, like recognizing me and recognizing to help honor veterans.”
Back in September, he was honoring vets in New York when he was invited to visit NFL headquarters.
The next day, he got a surprise visit from Chief's Hall-of-Famer Tony Richardson.
“Anthony Richardson, he gave me this big like Superbowl fake tickets and he told us that on behalf of the NFL and the commissioner of the NFL that they were going to give us two Superbowl tickets to Superbowl 53,” Sharp said.
Preston says he's never been to an NFL game, so for this to be his first game is pretty exciting.
And as for who he's rooting for,
“You know, I really like both teams,” he said. “But I just can't really choose one of them because they're both really good teams. I both like them, and so I'm rooting for both teams.”
But it won't be all fun and games, Preston plans on honoring fallen veterans during his time in Atlanta, Georgia, the 25th state on his list.
“I'll be honoring veterans the day before the Super Bowl,” Sharp said. “And I really hope that we get some people out there and I just can't wait to honor veterans in Georgia and go to the Super Bowl.”
Sharp leaves for Atlanta Wednesday night.