Felicia Correa-Garcia is a true Eagles fan. She's also a single mother of five and dedicated head coach of the Tiny Mite Patriots football team.
A native Philadelphian, Correa-Garcia says her recent move to her current home in Charlottesville, Va. never diminished her love for the Eagles, and former Eagles tackle and NFL safety, Brian Dawkins.
"I like watching Brian Dawkins. We still watch his films," she said.
Correa-Garcia's has maintained her passion for football, inspiring her children and her little league players, despite facing her toughest challenge: living with multiple sclerosis.
"It’s a disorder where your immune system attacks your brain and the nerves in your brain. It is hard but, I mean, you only live once,” she said.
While Correa-Garcia serves as a daily inspiration to so many others, she recently got the surprise of her life when she received a visit from her favorite football player, Brian Dawkins. The experience nearly brought her to tears.
“I had to like do a double-take to make sure, oh my goodness, this is Brian Dawkins standing here!” she said.
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Dawkins greeted the mom while she was out to eat with her children and little league team.
"I am a coach now, you’re a coach. I'd like to thank you for sharing your story," Dawkins said.
Correa-Garcia's story was documented as part of an NFL contest series, "Together We Make Football." The series allows fans from all over the country to share stories about the role that football plays in their lives. Correa-Garcia was selected as one of several finalists who will have an opportunity to go to the Super Bowl. Dawkins informed the mom of her selection by presenting her with a silver football, one of six potential tickets to see the big game.
"There’s only six of these balls and this one is yours," Dawkins said to Correa-Garcia. "Your team and your family get a chance to go to the Super Bowl."
Correa-Garcia, who said she is very hard to surprise, was thrilled to hear the news.
"Great day, I’ve never been surprised in my life."