"The guy is special," Cooks said of the team custodian
The Los Angeles Rams are just days away from facing off against the New England Patriots at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, and while stars like Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, and head coach Sean McVay will obviously be at the big game, there’s one special Rams member who will be making the trip as well.
After defeating the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship on January 20, Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks took the time to arrange a surprise trip to the Super Bowl for Alfonso Garcia, a friendly custodian who helps keep the team’s locker room and facility clean.
“Oh, man, Alfonso — the guy is special, man. He keeps our locker room in tip-top shape. He has such a special soul,” Cooks, 25, told USA Today.
“[He’s] someone that I found myself drawn to once I got there and I see him around the facility all the time. I just felt like it would be special for him to see that he is a part of this success as well, and I wanted him to be able to be at the Super Bowl with his son to enjoy that.”
Cooks presented Garcia — who was completely confused at first — with the “super” gift in a moment that was caught on camera.
“On behalf of the team and the organization, we would love to invite you and your son Josh [on] a roundtrip to the Super Bowl to come hang out with us,” he tells the speechless Garcia. “You mean so much to us and you know that you’re special. What you do around here, and everything that you do, does not go unnoticed.”
Cooks continued, “We’re going to need you out there, all right?”
Replied Garcia, choking up, “This is a dream come true, man. Ever since I was a little boy.”
But Garcia isn’t just getting free tickets to the Super Bowl — Cooks and the Rams also set him up with a hotel stay, so he can sit back and relax with his son for the special occasion.
“I just thought it would be special for him to understand this is a team and he’s a part of that as well,” Cooks told Yahoo! Sports of the surprise. “And I wanted to make sure he is at the Super Bowl with his son to enjoy it … I am flying him in, he’s got a hotel, he’s going to be set for the whole weekend.”
Cooks and the Rams will be hoping to return to Los Angeles with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after they take on legendary quarterback Tom Brady, who will be making his record ninth appearance in the Big Game.