For the second straight week there was a significant buzz created by the Miami Dolphins with their special visits to loyal season ticket members, this time making their way into Broward County.
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“This is absolutely amazing. I figured we were going to a get a fruit basket or something but nothing like this,” Frank Fuzy said. “We’ve been invited to go on the field but never did that before and this was a shock. I think it’s fantastic and what you guys do in the Club Level with the extra perks is great and this is just a great treat.”
Frank’s wife, Gini, is a fan of the pregame prime buffet offered to club level season ticket members and she and her husband are very vocal and visual about their support of the Miami Dolphins. They have a photo of Sun Life Stadium in their office and other Dolphins memorabilia and back at their house they have a Dolphins carpet.
“We feel bad because we’re normally in aqua, orange and white even during away Dolphins games,” Gini Fuzy said. “Everything is Dolphins in our house and here at work so we can’t thank them enough.”
This was also a new experience for Vernon, who is a Miami native, while Fields took part in the second surprise visit last week. Having been on the other side of the coin as a child when he attended the Dolphins Academy Football Camp, Vernon got a kick out of seeing the Fuzy’s reaction.
“It feels good to have fans that have our back through thick and thin,” said Vernon, who attended the University of Miami. “To give back is just a great opportunity and it’s even better when you get to surprise them unexpectedly for the New Year. When I was younger I would always want to give back to my community anyway that I could and today the opportunity presented itself and here I am.”
Shortly after leaving the Fuzy’s in Pompano, Vernon and Fields and the rest of the entourage traveled just a few blocks to surprise Pauline Grant at her place of work. The health care professional had absolutely no idea what was in store because her secretary arranged everything.
So when Fields, Vernon and the cheerleaders walked through the door to greet her in front of her office Grant’s jaw dropped and she could not stop smiling and laughing. She has been a season ticket member for over 10 years and this was easily the highlight of her year already.
“This has never happened before. We didn’t expect to find Dolphins player here but this is just so wonderful,” Grant said. “It makes me feel so good because I love the Dolphins and I think it’s so great that you guys took the time to just come out here and thank us. I’ve never met any players before and here they are right in my office. I was truly surprised and shocked but that really made my day.”
Fields has become a seasoned veteran at these types of visits and that’s one of the reasons he is up for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. He happily stood by and posed for picture after picture and then signed hats and shirts and posters.
“It was awesome to be able to surprise her. She had absolutely no idea so just to see the genuine look of excitement on her face was worth it,” Fields said. “This is all about giving back to the fans and appreciating fans for what they do. We’re able to do what we do because of the fans, so to give them some excitement and say thank you for everything they do for us is great.”
And there will be more surprise visits to come.