Brian knew the Super Bowl was coming up in five days at NRG Stadium – about three miles from the Rice campus – but he had no idea why someone from the Super Bowl Committee would want to talk to him.

Brian Mann didn’t know it at the time, but he’d spent his whole life building the near-perfect resume to help Lady Gaga execute her grand finale.

About a decade before he started working for the Rice athletic department, Brian Mann had been a quarterback.

Anyway, Brian eventually became the starting quarterback for the Los Angeles Avengers.

After Brian’s second pro season in LA, Paramount Pictures was looking for a stunt double for Adam Sandler in the 2005 movie “The Longest Yard.” Brian got the part.

Brian signed that confidentiality agreement and was given the full debrief: At the very end of her performance, Lady Gaga planned to jump off an elevated platform, and she wanted to catch a football as she was falling into an off-camera foam pit.

As Lady Gaga sang and danced, Brian stood in his spot below the platform.

After completing the most-watched pass of his life, Brian had to rush off the field so the crew could prepare for the second half.

“You know, what nobody can take away from me is I have completed a pass at the Super Bowl now,” Brian says.