Jim Miller only had seconds to talk, but not because the veteran principal was busy bustling down the halls of Edward Little High School.
Nope. On Sunday night, the lifelong Patriots fan politely rushed off the phone because Madonna was about to take the stage for the Super Bowl halftime show in Indianapolis.
And he had one of the best seats in the house.
Would you blame him?
“You wouldn’t believe what they just set up on the field,” Miller said of the elaborate staging. “It would take normal people a month to set up what they just set up down there.”
Definitely different than any of the high school football halftime shows Miller has seen in his 36 years with the Auburn School Department, 21 of those years as principal of Edward Little High School.
Miller and his wife, Carol, flew to Indianapolis Sunday morning as special guests of the New England Patriots. The couple was among a group of winners from a sweepstakes run by the Patriots’ Charitable Foundation called “Super Bowl for Super People.”
“I’m having an absolute ball. I’m sitting right beside Tom Brady’s parents,” Miller said from football’s biggest game. “At the end of the first half, we came to life, and it’s been one hell of a game!”
The foundation accepted online entries from around New England. Contestants had to be public servants — firefighters, teachers, police officers, nurses or members of the military — and they had to be nominated by their bosses.
Ten random winners were selected from the 4,000 names entered into the sweepstakes, and Miller’s was among them. He and his wife joined the other winners Sunday morning on a chartered plane bound for Indianapolis.
“It’s been a dream come true,” Miller said just seconds before hanging up as the Material Girl took the stage. “It’s through the roof. What an awesome experience!”