While McKenna's name may not be familiar, anyone who watched Justin Timberlake's halftime show saw Timberlake take to the stands during his performance of "Can't Stop the Feeling" and snap a selfie with a young man.
"There's someone on the phone who wants to say hi to you right now." the talk show host teased. "Ryan, it's nice to meet you finally", the singer told the teen.
This year's Super Bowl was noteworthy because it was a high-scoring game that was close until the underdog Philadelphia Eagles held onto their win against the New England Patriots in the final seconds... and also just because it's the Super Bowl. "Yeah, the memes, I've seen those", Ryan said with a smile. "I'm going to be coming to TD Garden on tour to play in Boston, so I'd like to invite you and your family to come, and I want to meet you".
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Ryan became an internet sensation after he posed with Justin during the halftime show of the Superbowl and quickly focused on his phone rather than the superstar.
So even though the McKennas might be sad their team lost, this surely makes up for it - until next season, that is.
Appearing on Ellen, the pre-teen got the chance to "reunite" with Timberlake over the phone.
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"The lady told us we were in a good section, but we had no idea Justin was going to be there", McKenna said.
"I had my wires crossed, and it's just something that you have to look back on and go, like, 'OK, well, you know, you can't change what's happened but you can move forward and learn from it, ' " he continued.
McKenna made his way down to Timberlake a few rows down. "I was elbowing people".
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It also benefited the sales on Prince's song "I Would Die 4 U", which Timberlake performed in the middle of the set with a large video of Prince projected on a white screen behind him. "The iPhone 6 - that thing's slow". Timberlake himself calling in to speak to McKenna and provide his own perspective on that night's most viral moment. "It just shut off", McKenna said.