Physician couple stunned with Tremendous Bowl tickets

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Drs. Alicja and Jacob Salman are husband and spouse, and likewise each medical doctors who’ve spent the final 10 months treating COVID-19 sufferers.

However this Sunday, that may change as they flip of their scrubs for NFL gear. As CBS 2’s Marissa Parra reported Wednesday, the Salmans are headed to Tampa to observe Tremendous Bowl LV free of charge.

They obtained the information from former Bears cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman. And in simply 4 days, the Salmans and two different well being care employees from Advocate Aurora Well being are headed to a Tremendous Bowl in contrast to every other. They’ll be leaving on Saturday.

Usually, the stadium is packed. This time, we’ll see extra cardboard cutouts than actual individuals.

“There’s touchless entry,” stated Dr. Alicja Salman.

“There’s nonetheless going to be masks, social distancing,” stated Dr. Jacob Salman.

The Salmans shall be heading from Chicago to Tampa – becoming a member of the over 7,000 vaccinated healthcare employees stunned with tickets to the Tremendous Bowl.

“Actually, Tom Brady is the one participant I’m so excited to see,” Dr. Alicja Salman stated. “I grew up watching him, so I by no means thought I’d see him at a Tremendous Bowl.”

It’s a break that’s lengthy overdue. Collectively, the couple has handled over 1,000 COVID sufferers.

Parra requested the Salmans when the final time was that they took a break only for themselves.

“In all probability simply earlier than COVID,” stated Dr. Alicja Salman.

“We by no means stored rely,” stated Dr. Jacob Salman. “We simply felt it was our responsibility.”

Collectively as husband and spouse, they confronted the virus head on – and collectively, they then rolled up their sleeves for its vaccine one yr later.

Now, collectively once more, they get only a style of the fruits of their labor – with a shock delivered by “Peanut” Tillman himself.

“It’s time for you two to be taken care of,” Tillman stated.

“I used to be actually stunned – wow,” Dr. Jacob Salman stated. “I wasn’t anticipating that.”

The Salmans remained humble all through our interview, stating they’re simply one in all a whole lot of 1000’s of healthcare employees and scientists with a transparent message – the top is in sight, if all of us do our half.

“As soon as everybody will get vaccinated, as soon as we’ve herd immunity, as soon as we’ve sufficient individuals protected, we are able to lastly begin getting again to regular,” Dr. Alicja Salman stated. “And the vaccine is the important thing to this.”

Don’t miss the Tremendous Bowl LV motion on CBS 2. Kickoff is on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. because the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tackle the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.

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