“It was already crazy to be at the Super Bowl in the first place,” McKenna told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “Then all of a sudden I’m up on the jumbotron and everyone is talking about me. I can’t believe it.”
McKenna, a Massachusetts native, was quickly booked for an appearance on “Good Morning America,” which in turn, was happy to blast his selfies to the Internet.
McKenna told the Pioneer Press that he had been taking video of Timberlake, but when the pop star took a position next to him, he quickly began pulling up the camera app on his iPhone. “I just thought to myself, ‘I’ll never get this opportunity again in my whole life,’” McKenna said. “I just went for it.”
“It’s been so crazy,” the seventh-grader added. “I don’t even know what to think. All my friends have been texting me and stuff. It’s insane.”
It’s likely that McKenna’s pals began texting him immediately, which could explain why he seemed distracted by his phone. In any event, he became the breakout meme of the Super Bowl.
A few of the takes expressed wry amusement — or was it outright irritation? — at the way the young man did not seem prepared to ignore his phone and give his attention to the Super Bowl performer who had just given him such a precious moment. Kids these days, right?
McKenna wasn’t the only one who was suddenly hearing from all his friends — his father had the same experience, albeit not while in the spotlight of the nation’s most-watched TV show. “My phone started blowing up,” John McKenna said. “It died, like, instantly after it happened. We had friends from all over reaching out. I couldn’t believe it.”