CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. honored a man's voucher for a free blimp ride 17 years after it was awarded to him.
The Repository in Canton reports Keith Beckley won a special MVP award in 2011 during his senior season at Carrollton High School in northeast Ohio and Goodyear gifted the football player with a free blimp ride for him and a friend.
Weather problems and scheduling conflicts kept Beckley and his then-girlfriend Amanda from taking their ride. Beckley forgot about the blimp and moved on. However, his mother, Lori Burnside, kept the voucher and called Akron-based Goodyear.
The company arranged a ride over Akron in its Wingfoot Three blimp in October for Beckley and his then-girlfriend Amanda, who's now his wife.
Beckley described the ride as "pretty neat."