Scott Shelton seems to have the world by the throat: He's got a Seattle Seahawks game ball that everyone seems to want, Jermaine Kearse in particular. And Kearse is willing to give him some signed memorabilia, but Shelton wants more: He'd like tickets to the Super Bowl to watch the Seahawks play.
Kearse hasn't said whether he can make that dream come true, but Shelton is holding out. He has nothing to lose. After all, the day after the Super Bowl, he's scheduled to start a stint in jail.
According to Seattle's KOMO News, the 32-year-old has had several scrapes with law enforcement going all the way back to a prison stint as a juvenile. His next stay in prison is set to start at 2 p.m. on the Monday after the Super Bowl, meaning that if he is able to travel to Arizona for the game, he'll be under the gun to get back in time.
According to the man's mother, Shelton will spend "several months" in jail.
At the moment, though, all of that exists on the periphery. Shelton believes he has a real shot at the Super Bowl -- in addition to receiving a phone call from Kearse himself.
"[Kearse] told me he wanted to trade his game helmet signed by the team and his jersey, for the ball," Shelton told KOMO News. "And then he asked me what [else] I wanted for the ball. And I said 'honestly, it would be nice to go see you guys whip New England in the Super Bowl.'
"So he's going to see what he can do about that."
Shelton took possession of the football after Kearse, who caught the game-winning touchdown catch, hurled the ball into the stands. Shelton was offered $20,000 for the ball by the Seahawks organization, but he turned down the offer.
He told Kearse that he would only relinquish the football if Kearse himself was going to own it. Otherwise, he wants to keep it.