22,000 fans will be in attendance for the big game and 7,500 will be health care workers.

The work that our health care professionals perform on a daily basis is priceless to those of us in need. I have seen a variety of gestures of love and kindness granted to healthcare workers for their efforts and the latest comes from the National Football League.

Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the NFL is offering 7,500 vaccinated health care workers free tickets to Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida to - "thank and honor them for their continued extraordinary service during the pandemic."

A number of years ago I had a major health battle to tackle and I have to say that I owe my life to my doctors, nurses and all that helped me get healthy again. It can be an emotional experience. One you never forget. With the pandemic I feel even those of us that have not fallen ill realize how important these heroes are. A pair of tickets, even to the biggest game on the planet, is the least we could do.

Each of these health care workers will have received both doses of the vaccine. The majority of these health care workers will come from hospitals and health care systems in the Tampa and central Florida area. They will receive free Super Bowl tickets and gameday experiences directly from the NFL. The Buffalo Bills and the other 31 NFL clubs will select vaccinated health care workers from their communities to attend.

As for this weekend the NFC Championship Game kicks off at 3:05p Sunday with Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Green Bay Packers. At 6:40p the  AFC Championship Game features the Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs. Winner of each game heads to the Super Bowl for the honor of playing in-front of 7,500 health care workers.

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