Lee Krost is going to the Super Bowl.
You might recall that his son, local filmmaker Lucas Krost, made a short documentary about his dad's love of football and entered it in a contest sponsored by the NFL. His dad, 74, was a high-school and semipro quarterback in Richmond.
"We won!" Krost says Monday. "We found out yesterday. They tricked us. They were incredibly good at tricking us. They flew the whole family down to Florida, where my dad stays in the winter. They said they needed more shots for their film [about the finalists]. They got permission to shoot at this beautiful park and they had my kids down there playing and then they were, like, 'There's a beautiful lighthouse over there. You have to look at the lighthouse for this shot.'"
What they didn't notice was Joe Namath sneaking up behind them. Yeah, Broadway Joe.
"Hey," Namath says. "I hear there's a pretty good quarterback out here."
Lucas and Lee turn. Lucas can be heard gasping on the video clip provided by the NFL.
"Hey, Joe," Lee says, extending his hand. "How are ya, buddy?"
"I happen to have something here in my pocket for you," Namath says and pulls out Super Bowl tickets from his back pocket.
"You're kidding," Lucas says, "We won? I'm gonna kiss you."
Thousands submitted videos in the contest, which was judged by fan votes. The top five entrants won tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2, and will be featured in an NFL documentary airing that weekend.
"My dad just took it in stride," Lucas says. "It was pretty awesome."