CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns will soon take the field at FirstEnergy Stadium, facing the Baltimore Ravens in a prime time matchup Monday night—and a special guest will be masked up in the stadium cheering them on thanks to a generous surprise from offensive lineman Chris Hubbard.
Hubbard took to Twitter Monday morning, offering a pair of tickets to the game to anyone who was interested.
I have two tickets for tonight’s game! If you are interested let me know...— Chris Hubbard (@C_Hubbard74) December 14, 2020
Sam G., who is an avid Browns fan and a respiratory therapist who works with COVID patients on ventilators and patients who have tracheostomies due to complications of COVID, replied to Hubbard’s tweet, saying she was interested in a “break from insanity.”
Hubbard immediately responded, letting Sam know that he would be sending the tickets to her and thanking her for the work she does.
“You will receive the tickets, thank you for all you do in the healthcare field! We really appreciate you!!!” Hubbard tweeted.
Congratulations to @samg44667 on getting the tickets! She is a healthcare worker, who is working extremely hard with covid patients! Thank you for all you do!— Chris Hubbard (@C_Hubbard74) December 14, 2020
Sam said that she couldn't be more excited and grateful for Hubbard’s generous gift.
“I am over the moon humbled and grateful and ecstatic that I’m going to the game tonight. For someone to recognize our hard work is wonderful. Lots of people know who paramedics and RNs and physicians are but the respiratory therapists get lost in the shuffle,” Sam said.
She said that over the course of the pandemic she’s worked extremely long hours in full PPE, shared heartbreaking stories with other health care workers about their experiences around the country, and has watched some of her patients die from the virus right in front of her.
The Monday Night Football game, which she will be wearing a Browns mask too, is a humbling thank you gift from Hubbard.
“I will be in full Browns gear wrapped up warm and ready to cheer them on. So grateful to Chris Hubbard and so grateful to all my great friends on Twitter,” Sam said.
She said amid all of the chaos the pandemic has brought over the past several months, she’s excited not only for Monday night’s game but to see a new and improved Browns team this season.
“I love this team through and through and I’m so excited that we finally have good structure, coaching, and finally what appears to be a competitive team after all these years of trying to pull it together,” Sam said.
Sam will be one of the 12,000 fans allowed at the stadium, which has been following strict COVID-19 protocols all season, including mask mandates, social distancing in both the seating and concourse areas, health screenings, and enhanced cleaning and sanitation around the venue.