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Mom's tearful reaction to Super Bowl tickets goes viral

Jan. 30, 2014 at 11:57 AM ET

Video: Mike Harris knew his mom was a die-hard Seattle Seahawks fan. She missed her chance to see them in the 1983 AFC Championship game because she was pregnant with him, so three decades later, he gave her the ultimate surprise: tickets to this year’s game.

A son’s Super Bowl surprise for his mother, a diehard Seattle Seahawks fan, has quickly gone viral thanks to the woman's emotional reaction.

On Tuesday Mike Harris posted a YouTube video that captured his mom’s response to opening a FedEx package with tickets to this weekend's big game in New York.

In the video, Harris's mom looks at the tickets and exclaims, “What?” and gives her son a stunned glance. She then flips through the package. “What are you talking about?”

“Those are Super Bowl tickets,” her son explains.

“No. No they’re not,” she replies incredulously.

After Harris explains how he got the 10th-row end-zone tickets, along with flights to New York and accommodations at a hotel blocks away from the stadium, his mom claps her hand over her mouth and starts crying.

Mike Harris and his mom.
Courtesy Mike Harris
Mike Harris and his mom.

"What? No way. We can't do this," she says. "How are we going to pay for this?"

In his YouTube posting, Harris explains that his mom has been a Seahawks fan since 1976, going to games whenever she could. In 1983, when the team made its way to the AFC championship, she missed the chance to welcome the players back home because she was pregnant with Harris and three months away from her due date.

Three decades later, Harris was determined to make up for her sacrifice.

After reading a headline about falling ticket prices for Sunday's game, which pits Seattle against the Denver Broncos, Harris went online and found tickets for $1,000 cheaper than what had been available a week earlier. He booked them, along with airline tickets and a hotel room. He bought three tickets: for himself, his mom, and his best friend since kindergarten.

Harris sprung the surprise on his mom after she came to visit him following a sendoff for the Seahawks.

“Thirty years after she skipped their welcome home for my sake, I was able to return the favor in the biggest way I could ever think of,” Harris said in his post. “I'm excited to go see the game, but there was nothing more meaningful than to see my mom's reaction that I've shared in the video.”