Titans, NFL invite 4 health care workers to Super Bowl LV

Posted at 11:38 AM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 23:20:29-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — The Tennessee Titans have invited four Ascension Saint Thomas health care workers to attend Super Bowl LV as honored guests.

The Titans made the announcement Tuesday, saying the effort is a collaboration with the NFL as part of the league’s initiative to thank health care workers across the country for their dedication during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Titans worked with Ascension Saint Thomas to select four health care workers who were nominated by their peers. They have all received the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Christie Muliford - Physical Therapist, Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital West
  • Wes Frisbee - Patient Care Technician, Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford
  • Leslie Johnson - Critical Care Paramedic, Ascension Saint Thomas EMS
  • Sharon Alvarez – ICU Nursing Manager, Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown

“Throughout the pandemic, the Titans have been incredibly generous and supportive of our brave associates on the frontlines at Ascension Saint Thomas,” said Tim Adams, President and CEO, Ascension Saint Thomas. “All of our caregivers have poured their hearts into caring for our Middle Tennessee community and we are thrilled to celebrate and thank four of our hardest working heroes with this trip of a lifetime.”

Healthcare workers from around the country, including local healthcare heroes invited by other NFL teams, will take part in Super Bowl festivities at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

Wes Frisbee says the pandemic has been rough.

"It's been tough on everybody... not just me, for everybody who goes out and works and don't know whats going to happen," said Frisbee.

Sharon Alvarez has been a nurse for 36 years. She has seen how demanding this pandemic is.

"There's been so much sadness and stretched thin," Alvarez explained, "its taken a toll on the staff and people caring for the patients."

Alvarez has been a football fan since she was 5-years-old. She says this was a touching surprise!

The Titans said all healthcare workers attending will have completed their COVID-19 vaccination process prior to traveling.

“All activities during Super Bowl week, including gameday, will be conducted in accordance with CDC and local health guidelines,” the Titans said in a release.