North Carolina A&T volleyball player Megan Wiggins received the opportunity of a lifetime in February. It was one of those opportunities many dream of but never see come to reality.
Wiggins was a part of Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. She worked and covered Super Bowl week as an intern with the National Football League (NFL). The ultimate prize was attending the game played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Wiggins attended a Careers in Football Forum last December. She was one of two student-athletes to represent N.C. A&T. The forum, hosted by the NFL, is held every year during the week of the Celebration Bowl which pits the football conference champion of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) against the football conference champion of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) in an HBCU national championship game played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Athletes from each school of both conferences were represented at the Celebration Bowl.
“It was all about working your way to a career with the NFL and what you can do in sports”, said Wiggins. After I left, while I did network with people, I didn’t feel like I networked enough to reach out to them personally. So, what I did was take three days and put together a good resume and I applied for everything. I just took some time to focus on just doing that.”
When she got home after the N.C. A&T’s 24-22 win over Alcorn State in the Celebration Bowl, Wiggins immediately began applying for all the opportunities with the NFL that she learned about from the forum.
Her efforts were not in vain.
Two days after she put in her last application, Wiggins received an email from the NFL offering an internship for the Super Bowl working in the broadcast bowl. Weeks before the big game, she found out the job description through a conference call.
“After that conversation, I told myself I don’t really know what to expect, but I’m going to show up, be professional, do what I’m asked and make the most of this experience,” said Wiggins about her thoughts after finding out what her job duties were.
Wiggins, along with Zach Bragg, an intern from Hampton University, had to escort various NFL players to media interviews. In addition, she helped with Radio Row held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta where the Super Bowl media coverage for the week takes place. Her other job duty included participating in the NFL Fan experience where player interviews and different field events take place.
A day before the game, however, Wiggins was not sure if she could attend the Super Bowl game. Wiggins received a text Saturday afternoon from a player she worked with during the week. He informed her that she was granted a media credential and that her hard work had not gone unnoticed.
“The whole aspect of being there at the game was great. There were four NFL players that we were helping out with during the week, so we were with them during all their interviews and were able to watch the game with them,” said Wiggins.
Wiggins, who graduates in May with a degree in journalism and mass communications with a concentration in multimedia, plans to attend graduate school for film with her sights on owning her own production company. The opportunity to work the Super Bowl was a stepping stone in that direction.
“Being in a position to network and talk with different people that you wouldn’t normally be around and interact with, was huge,” said Wiggins.