A late-night star is what I are!

Gene Mueller's Blog

Everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame. Mine happened the other night. 

And, I slept through it.

An 37 year old photo of me running off the field with the Packers' Chester Marcol after his game winning TD scamper against the Bears in 1980 became Jimmy Fallon "Screengrab" fodder, a fact lost on me until a friend sent me the video. My moment comes at about 3:40 in, if you don't want to wait. 

Backstory: I was covering the game for WSPT Stevens Point, waiting by the tunnel in the final moments to get locker room access with the rest of the media. The Packers and Bears were tied at 10 with Marcol lined up (facing our tunnel) to try a game winning field goal. Chicago blocked it, the ball landing in Marcol's arms. He scampered to the end zone for the only TD of his career, one that gave the Pack an unexpected victory. As the players ran up the tunnel, I ended up next to Chester at which point a buddy at the Point Daily Journal just happened to snap a photo, one he sent to me days later. I kept it, lost it, found it again and blogged about it a few years ago, putting it into web play.

Which must be how this woman who told Fallon about it came across it. A friend texted me Thursday night with a screen cap of the late-night moment, asking it that was me in the photo. She then sent the video link. I saw it for the first time this (Friday) morning.

15 minutes of fame? More like 15 seconds, and I'm so unrecognizable in the photo that chances are the moment would've passed and no one would've ever known. Thanks to an eagle-eyed friend (Mary Marcelini), some woman in Florida looking at old NFL footage and Mr. Fallon's wardrobe department, I get a little unsolicited (and humbling) pub.

Enjoy a good chuckle at my expense, and stay awake: you never know when YOUR 15 minutes are coming.

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