With megastar Justin Timberlake walking right toward him during the Super Bowl LII halftime show at U.S. Bank Stadium, 13-year-old Ryan McKenna knew he had to take his shot. He quickly stopped the video he was recording and raced to open the camera app on his iPhone.
“I just thought to myself, ‘I’ll never get this opportunity again in my whole life,'” McKenna said. “I just went for it.”
In that moment, little Ryan McKenna went viral.
“My phone started blowing up,” father John McKenna said. “It died, like, instantly after it happened. We had friends from all over reaching out. I couldn’t believe it.”
McKenna is a seventh-grader at Derby Academy in Hingham, Mass. He flew in around noon on Sunday and the family had plans to fly out early on Monday morning. That is, if McKenna’s suddenly busy schedule permits it. He’s already scheduled to do a hit on Good Morning America, so that might affect the original flight plans.
“It’s been so crazy,” McKenna said. “I don’t even know what to think. All my friends have been texting me and stuff. It’s insane.”
“My phone is almost dead,” McKenna added. “I’ve gotten so many notifications. I’ve got like 36 Snapchats, like 21 DMs, and like 150 follower requests on Instagram.”
As his son fielded questions from reporters, all John McKenna could do was shake his head.
"We had the great opportunity to come see the Super Bowl,” he said. “Never in a million years did we think this would happen.”
“It was already crazy to be at the Super Bowl in the first place,” Ryan McKenna added. “Then all of a sudden I’m up on the jumbotron and everyone is talking about me. I can’t believe it.”