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Bucs fan gets surprise military reunion Sunday

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September

Staff Army Sergeant Scott Osborn, 37, a St. Petersburg native and life-long Bucs fan, got to fulfill a couple dreams Sunday.

With the help of the Bucs, Osborn – who has been stationed in Afghanistan the past four months – got to surprise his family at Raymond James Stadium near the end of the first half. A few moments after a video message was played on the JumbTron of Olson saying hello, he walked down the steps and greeted his wife, Amy, and parents, getting a rousing ovation and chants of “USA!”

“It’s like a fairy tale,” Osborn said. “I’ve never been in this good of a mood while the Bucs were losing.”

Osborn’s friends had told his wife his flights were delayed and he wouldn’t make it, so she was “shocked.” Osborn got back Saturday night and had to hide out, spending time at One Buc Place and staying at the team hotel. He said he felt like a “rock star” with everyone shaking his hand at the game. Osborn got into the military, spending eight years in reserves, because of the Sept. 11 attacks, making Sunday’s reunion all the more special.

“When I was little, two things I always wanted to do – play for the Bucs and be in the military,” he said. “I’m not a Buccaneer, but this is plenty close enough. I’ll definitely settle for this.”

- JOE SMITH

joesmith@sptimes.com

 

[Last modified: Sunday, September 11, 2011 5:12pm]

    

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