A wrong number in a text chain led to high school basketball team talking to Tom Brady

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Screengrab of Jeanna Trotman Twitter video.

Vinny Tartaglia will never make a mistake this awesome again in his life.

That sounds like a bold statement, especially for someone as young as Tartaglia, who is a freshman at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Pontiac, Michigan. But according to multiple reports, Tartaglia was tasked with setting up a text-message chain with his teammates on his school’s freshman basketball team.

One wrong digit on one of the phone numbers led to Tartaglia accidentally adding Buccaneers cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting to the group.

Murphy-Bunting, who attended high school in Michigan, responded to the group text and let them know they had mistakenly added him.

“Everyone was skeptical, it’s definitely not an NFL player, right?” Tartaglia told Click on Detroit.

But then Murphy-Bunting Facetimed the basketball team ... from the Buccaneers locker room. Soon the kids found they were talking to Leonard Fournette, who took the phone.

That’s when Mike Evans, Rob Gronkowski, Lavonte Davis and Richard Sherman talked to the team, Click on Detroit said.

Things got even better when quarterback Tom Brady joined the call.

“We all went crazy,” Danny Quandt told WXYZ.com. “I was telling my mom, my dad, ‘Brady is on the phone, Brady is on the phone.’ I couldn’t even hear what Tom was saying. When he said what’s up, I don’t think any of us heard, that’s how loud we were being.”

If the basketball team’s coach was hoping the group text would be a way for the team to bond, mission accomplished after the players got an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to talk with NFL stars.

“I’m like, ‘oh we accidentally added someone random’ because no one expects to add an NFL player to a group chat,” Mark Galle told WXYZ.com. “It’s a one-in-a-billion chance.”

Here is more on the call from WXYZ’s Jeanna Trotman.

“They didn’t have to do that for us,” freshman Nate Seaman told Click on Detroit. “They could have easily said, ‘I’m going to leave the group chat’ and just left, but Murphy-Bunting and Fournette made our day.”

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