Wounded warrior among Hoosiers going to Sunday’s Super Bowl

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NEW YORK CITY — With the big game just a day away, Fox 59 caught up with several Hoosiers who are in New York City and will travel over the river to New Jersey for the Super Bowl.

Staff Sgt. John Detamore, who grew up in the small town of Converse outside Marion, won a marketing company’s contest to attend the Super Bowl and represent the U.S. Marine Corps.

Detamore is a wounded warrior who served an incredible 11 tours overseas and has been awarded the Purple Heart.

“Everyone’s been nice. It’s been easy for me just to come out here and be able to be relaxed and just enjoy myself,” Detamore said.

Also at the Super Bowl will be friends and Indianapolis residents Julie Welsh, Kelle Goen and Natalie Byrd. The three women volunteered at the Indy Super Bowl and have made it a tradition by volunteering in New Orleans and now New York.

“So far, Indianapolis by far has done the best at hosting the Super Bowl,” Goen said.

“Everything was so close together, you could leave the stadium and you could do anything in Indianapolis. Here (in New York) you have to take a train,” Byrd said.

Companies based in Indiana will also be heavily represented on Sunday.

Sports Graphics, based in Indianapolis and owned by Frank Hancock, creates all of the graphics for the NFL venues, including MetLife Stadium.

“It’s everything from just a simple sign to tell you to tell you to go up or down, to the large graphics you’ll see at the stadium,” Hancock said.

All their reasons to attend may be very different, but the Hoosiers have one thing in common: they’ll each be rooting for the Broncos.

“Go Peyton!” Goen said.

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