CHICAGO (NewsNation Now) — We’ve all accidentally sent a text to the wrong number before and had an awkward (or occasionally creepy) exchange with someone we didn’t intend to contact. For a high school basketball player in Michigan, a wrong-number text turned into an epic group chat none of the team will ever forget.
Somehow, Vinny Tartaglia added the number for Sean Murphy-Bunting, Michigan native and cornerback for the reigning Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After some initial dubiousness on the part of Vinny and the other team members, Murphy-Bunting turned on Facetime and Leonard Fournette proceeded to take the starstruck teens on a tour of the team locker room.
Along the way, they got to meet Rob Gronkowski, Mike Evans and Richard Sherman and even chat with the G.O.A.T. himself, Tom Brady. When one of the players realized he was meeting Brady, he grabbed his replica Michigan Brady jersey to show his true fandom. Brady was suitably impressed.
“It was pretty crazy,” team member A.J. Valentine told NewsNation. “I really could not believe what was happening. I was in a state of shock.”
“It’s been a nice bonding experience for the guys,” added coach Jason Whalen, who tweeted out the Facetime encounter. “They’ve certainly had a lot to talk about and deal with. I think it’s a good lesson for our kids, too, about how a simple gesture can go a really long way in bringing some joy to people.”
The experience certainly brought the boys joy, the pros from Tampa Bay enjoyed having a moment away from drills and film and strategy sessions to connect with the young fans who buy their jerseys and watch their games.