On Sunday, the Chargers presented tickets to this year’s Super Bowl to Richard Fierro, an Army veteran who stopped a shooter at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs.
Just before midnight on November 11, a 22-year-old assailant burst into Club Q and opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle, killing five and injuring 25 others. Fierro, who was there with his wife to attend a birthday party with their daughter, helped subdue the gunman.
“I grabbed him by the back of his cheap little armor,” he told the Times shortly after the incident. Fierro’s wife Jessica and daughter Kassy survived the attack. Kassy’s friend Green Vance was killed.
On Dec. On Feb. 30, Fierro and his family visited the Chargers’ practice facility in Costa Mesa. In a video posted by the team, players lined up on the field to greet Fierro and shake his hand.
In a Facebook post written after the visit, Fierro wrote, “…the team didn’t have to do any of this, I’m so grateful and humbled by this gesture.”
Then, on Sunday, before the Chargers’ final home game of the regular season, Richard and Jessica stood with Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson in the end zone at SoFi Stadium. The team posted a video of Tomlinson handing Richard a large, wrapped item.
Richard rips off the packaging to find an oversized ticket for this year’s Super Bowl, played on February 2nd. 12 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The longtime Charger fan waves the ticket in the air and excitedly yells, “Touchdown, baby!”