Health & Medicine

Prize-winning pastor is Super Bowl-bound

A Lexington pastor who has become a super player in online video contests has won his ultimate prize — tickets to Super Bowl XLIV on Feb. 7 in Miami.

The 10 hours spent creating his entry, one of more than 6,000 in DirectTV's Ultimate Displaced Fan contest, netted Phil Roberts, senior minister at Hill-n-Dale Christian Church, two tickets to the game, a media tour with a favorite Steelers player and a chance to play in a celebrity touch football game Feb. 6. Airfare and accommodations are included in the grand prize, worth about $10,000.

The one-minute, 47-second video features Roberts singing to the ditty Scheming Weasel, created as a royalty-free download by Kevin MacLeod. The theme of the video is that, as a displaced Pittsburgh Steelers fan, his lack of DirectTV's NFL Sunday Ticket package in the midst of Bengals territory sent him into cardiac arrest and the afterlife.

His deadpan (pun intended) portrayal of a zombie in Steelers colors matched perfectly with just-not-quite-right, yet enthusiastic singing. He used the green screen he purchased with previous video-contest winnings to project different photographs behind him as he sang.

During the last five years, Roberts, wife, Lisa, and their four children have been featured in dozens of award-winning videos. Roberts said winning Super Bowl tickets was his ultimate dream when the family was featured in an October story in the Herald-Leader.

"I've watched the Super Bowl on TV every year that I can remember. The idea of being there in person still leaves me in shock," Robert said in a news release.

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