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Healthcare worker from Fort Wayne describes her experience at Super Bowl LV

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21)- A husband and wife from Fort Wayne were part of the 7,500 vaccinated healthcare workers who were invited to the big game.

"I don't even think once we were there that it really sunk in that like this is the event that you watch every year of your whole life and all of the sudden you're in the middle of it," Samantha Thompson said.

Thompson and her husband Luke had to pinch themselves when they stepped foot into the stadium Sunday. For them, it was an unforgettable experience.

"Getting to meet those other front line workers and just that experience together made it even more special I think then any regular super bowl knowing you were there with other people who were working so hard and being recognized for what they do," Thompson said.

The two are originally from Fort Wayne but now they live and work in Tampa.

"Living here and having that be the hometown team basically I think that was very unique that a lot of super bowls don't get to have or don't match up to that," Thompson said.

Video from after the Buccaneers' victory shows some people celebrating in the streets, not practicing social distancing and not wearing masks. That didn't sit well with Thompson.

"I think it's hard when we put in a lot of effort into keeping everybody safe to see that and to see that some people don't care as much as you but I do think the NFL was trying their best to keep everybody safe," Thompson said.

Although navigating this pandemic can be tough, Thompson is glad she has her husband to lean on when things get difficult. She says she's glad they were able to share this experience together.

"Getting through this pandemic a lot of it is just taking it one day at a time, day by day, just knowing that our job is to go in and do our best for our patients and for our community," Thompson said.

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Arielle Cadet

Arielle Cadet joined WPTA in August 2019. The Atlanta, Georgia native graduated from the University of Missouri and serves as Weekend Anchor/MMJ for ABC21. Feel free to connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or shoot her an email at

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