What started as a Christmas surprise turned into two weeks of national attention for one Alabama man.
Don Buckhannen is known across the country now after his family filmed his reaction to a big Christmas surprise: tickets to the BCS National Championship game.
Buckhannen tells FOX6 News that he know he and his son Daniel's 15 minutes of fame are just about up, but also says they've had an amazing time.
"[It's been] absolutely crazy," Buckhannen said. "We could sit here for a couple of hours and I could tell you story after story of things that happened to us."
Days within posting the video on YouTube, Buckhannen grabbed the attention of people like ESPN reporter Erin Andrews and a week later more than 9 million people had watched Buckhannen's reaction of joy.
Buckhannen says when he and his son arrived in Miami there was no time to rest as they gave interview after interview.
"I'm like, what is this good old boy from Clay County, Alabama doing? What is going on?" Buckhannen said.
Then onto the game and the surprise of a lifetime.
"So they come up there and Josh Elliot [Good Morning America anchor] starts interviewing us...we're telling him it's crazy. He said, 'How are your seats?'"
The Buckhannens told him, "Fine - they're in the stadium!"
"[Elliot] says, 'Good,' shakes our hand and as he starts to walk off he reaches in his pocket and says, 'I think these are a little better.'"
Originally seated three rows from the top, the Buckhannens were now seated on the 18th row on the 40 yard line on the Alabama side.
"I stood there and I just turned around and looked at everything and I looked at my son standing right there and I went -- 'We're here, we're here. We're not at home watching it on television.' Me and Daniel experienced it for the first time in our life," Buckhannen said.
And the Buckhannen's family surprise has struck a chord not just with TV personalities but also with people all over the country.
"There were Notre Dame fans sitting near us and this young lady came up to me and said, 'Sir we saw your video up in Indiana, can we have a picture made with you?' I'm like this is Don Buckhannan, are you guys kidding me," Buckhannen said.
But they weren't. Every step they took someone else wanted their picture.
"It was not the ticket that caused me to cry that day, but as soon as I saw it I knew what my son had done for me because I knew how hard it was to get it and that's what made me so emotional," Buckhannen said.
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