GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - It's gameday, and Nick Valitulli has his game face on. The Arizona Cardinals greeter greets every fan with a fist pump.

[WATCH: Special Cardinals greeter sets winning tone at State Farm Stadium]

"I make friends everywhere I go," says Nick, a 36-year-old with Down syndrome.

Working at State Farm Stadium has been Nick's dream. A Michigan native, Nick took a tour of the stadium and applied for the job. The stadium even hired a job coach to help him with the hellos.

"I will say that was the most important interview of my life," says Adai Wylie, Nick's job coach. "Because I knew if I blew it, I blew it for him too, so there was a lot of pressure."

When he's not working, Nick lives at Treasurehouse, housing for adults with developmental disabilities. Kurt Warner's Foundation funds Treasurehouse. Warner will actually honor D-backs legend Luis Gonzalez at Celebrity Game Night in February to raise funds for Treasurehouse. The former Cardinals quarterback is Nick's buddy, along with everyone who enters the stadium at Nick's entrance.

"I'm living large, my friend," says Nick, as he fist pumps fans from Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona in advance of the Browns versus the Cardinals.

Nick plans to be back for the 2020 season. If you're headed to the upper deck, make sure to have your fist free.

 


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