Hicks was contacted Feb. 10 by “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to prepare two trailers for the ABC production crew.
One of Hicks’ previous trailers, detailed in Atlanta Falcons vinyl graphics, grabbed the attention of one of the production team — only their desire was themed after the recent NFL Super Bowl Championship, seeking a trailer to represent both teams.
This wasn’t an ostentatious request by a TV star. It was the hard-working EMHE production crew’s request for a place to relax during their week in Rossville, a way to pay tribute as fans of the team that won on Feb. 6.
Due to the short notice, Hicks could only make one of his sports-themed trailers in that timeframe.
The production coordinator is originally from Wisconsin and picked the Green Bay Packers, being that most of the crew is from southern California and are fans of Aaron Rodgers, who is originally from Chico, Calif.
Hicks drove 501 miles to Mississippi to pick up the unused “A-rated” 32-foot FEMA trailer that sleeps eight, which was used for production crew meals and relaxation.
It also contained a full-size bathroom and a full-size refrigerator, the most important requirements for the crew.
He made the return trip to Ellijay, arriving Friday evening with only one more day before the trailer would be on the EMHE set.
After 20 hours of driving in two days, Hicks applied the larger-than-life-size decal of Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers on one side and a 4-foot-by-6-foot photo of linebacker Clay Matthews on the back side of the trailer.
Hicks didn’t need a bullhorn as he was the only volunteer for the task of detailing and cleaning the trailer. He added some plants and other décor enhancements and made a few other modifications on Saturday, Feb. 12, less than 24 hours before it was required on the Rossville set.
Hicks has been transforming trailers, for the past six months, into unique sports-themed tributes for weekend tailgaters that head to a variety of events ranging from NASCAR to college football.
He has mostly done SEC football teams, originally starting with a Georgia Bulldog theme on his first creation.
Hicks garnered a bit of attention on the set by EHME spectators who believe he once wrestled professionally, with flowing golden locks similar to that of Hulk Hogan.
The trailer arrived on time as dozens of other production vehicles and equipment began staging in the Rossville neighborhood of the Sharrock family.
Hicks enjoyed the time he has spent around the set in Rossville, describing the positive nature of volunteers and spirit of giving as “Christmas-like”.
Hicks was among the thousands on hand for the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” big reveal Saturday, Feb. 19.