After surprise trip to NFC Championship, former Navy SEAL, a die-hard Eagles fan, now headed to Super Bowl

Posted at 8:12 PM, Jan 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-31 23:23:38-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Chris Serle is still processing his unexpected trip to the NFC Championship two weeks ago.

"It felt like a dream," he says.

Serle better come to grips pretty quick...because this week, he found out he's going to the Super Bowl.

Serle, originally from Philadelphia, is a former Navy SEAL who was forced to retire after an IED explosion took the vision in his left eye during a tour in Afghanistan.

He first spoke with News 3 two weeks ago, when a friend set up a GoFundMe to help the future doctor pay for a trip to see the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship.

Not only did the GoFundMe blow past its $1,500 goal, the Eagles ended up giving Serle and his wife tickets when they heard his story.

Even as the Eagles crushed the Minnesota Vikings, 38-7, Serle says he didn't expect to go to the Super Bowl.

This week, he was contacted by a non-profit called Operation Warrior Wishes, which takes veterans to athletic and entertainment events.

Serle found out he was going to the Super Bowl

"Two nights ago he was like, 'I've got a plane for you from Norfolk. Can you leave Saturday morning?' I was like, 'what?'. I was in shock," Serle told News 3 on Wednesday. "It for sure is just so humbling...I downplay my struggles and I'm sure some other people do too and it's just nice to see the love and support."

As he prepares to leave for Minnesota, Serle says he is donating the money from the original GoFundMe to the Navy SEAL Foundation.