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Cub Scout Thomas Brown delivers Super Bowl game ball

Even with about 100 million people watching, Cub Scout Thomas Brown didn’t fumble.

The 9-year-old from Pack 14 of Virginia Beach, Va., ran onto the field and handed the game ball to head referee Terry McAulay moments before kickoff of yesterday’s Super Bowl XLVIII. As he ran off, he saluted both sides of MetLife Stadium and seemed to pause for a second to soak it all in before making it to the sidelines.

The moment lasted about 19 seconds, but the memories will last a lifetime.

The game-ball delivery wasn’t the only air time for Thomas on Super Bowl Sunday.

A 90-second spot shown on Fox around 2:30 p.m. EST featured Thomas telling in his own words how he became the NFL Play 60 Super Kid. He mentioned that he’s a Cub Scout and was shown sitting at his kitchen table reading the November 2013 issue of Boys’ Life magazine. That video, called “Super Week for NFL Play 60’s Super Kid,” and others featuring Thomas can be seen at this link.

“I read about the Play 60 Super Bowl contest in my favorite magazine,” Thomas said.

At that point during the pre-pregame show, an estimated 23.1 million viewers (a 12-year high) were watching. That converts to millions of dollars of free publicity for Cub Scouting and for Boys’ Life.

A great moment in the spotlight for Thomas, but I have a feeling this impressive Cub Scout is just getting started.

Photo from NFL Play 60 Facebook page

9 Comments on Cub Scout Thomas Brown delivers Super Bowl game ball

  1. I was so silly I kept shouting “That’s a Scout!” Very cool………

  2. The quote didn’t mention Boy’s Life, just his “favorite magazine”. His salute didn’t look like a Cub or Boy Scout salute, more like a British salute with the palm facing outward as he brought his hand up. I think it’s great that it was a Scout who brought the ball out, but I disagree with the article because I don’t see how it equates to advertising for Boy’s Life or Cub Scouting.

    • Bart,

      You must not have seen the spot I’m referring to. Thomas said “I’m a Cub Scout” at the beginning of the clip. When he mentioned he learned of the contest in his favorite magazine, he was shown reading Boys’ Life magazine. As for the game-ball delivery, I never said the salute was a Cub Scout or Boy Scout salute.

  3. John Steinbach // February 3, 2014 at 10:48 am // Reply

    Unfortunately, there was no specific mention of his connection to BSA and Cub Scouts. I think there was a very big missed opportunity for BSA here

    • In a perfect world, he would’ve been wearing a full Cub Scout uniform while carrying Boys’ Life magazine in one hand and the football in the other. But the NFL is notoriously strict about its sponsors. For example, the NFL has fined its athletes for wearing the wrong ballcap during media interviews. So you can bet they weren’t going to ask the BSA for input on what Thomas should wear or say before the game.

      All of that said, it’s important to recognize that there are two separate clips being discussed here. The first, which aired on Fox around 2:30 EST, was a two-minute piece all about Thomas and his road to the Super Bowl. The second, included above, was the 19-second game ball delivery shown right before kickoff.

      • And a little known fact: the NFL is a non-profit 501(c)(6), too. Go figure.

      • Kelly Horton // February 3, 2014 at 11:56 am // Reply


        It would be about the same as the BSA guidelines for wearing a uniform for political or for a certain business or fundraising for another group outside of scouting.

        Who was the photographer? His parent or someone from the BSA? It looked like he had a BSA uniform on under his coat.

        Could the BSA interview the scout and see what he thought about all of this? (Outside of the Fox interview) I would like to see what he and his parents had to think of this. Perhaps with his park. Of course he can’t wear his favorite football teams hat or jersey. The BSA might get a fine from the NFL.

        I bet his kid had a thrill over all of this and he won’t soon forget it.

  4. I like the synergy between this program and cub scouting. Play 60 is a reminder to keep those den meetings as active as possible! The last thing our boys need is another hour that’s just like their classroom or their favorite video game!

  5. The URL below contains a video of Thomas Brown’s story regarding the NFL Play 60 Super Kid contest as covered by The Hampton Roads Show:

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