The Super Bowl LV will be on February 7. The Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be the two teams facing off in this year’s Super Bowl matchup. The Super Bowl will be played in Tampa, home of the Buccaneers.
The teams, largely led by Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady, will take a break during halftime to let R&B superstar The Weeknd perform. He will be the main event at the 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show.
Amanda Gorman Will Recite Poem
Now, NFL officials have announced that Amanda Gorman will recite an original poem in the pregame ceremony. Gorman became especially popular and widely-known after she delivered the poem reading at President Joe Biden’s inauguration. She delivered the moving poem, “The Hill We Climb.” The poem called for unity and healing in this country. It also was a champion of diversity and change in this nation.
According to NBC Sports, the goal of Gorman’s poem is to honor the three different game captains the NFL has chosen for the pre-game coin toss. It will include Los Angeles teacher, Trimaine Davis. He worked to get Internet access and laptops for his students to take part in remote learning during the pandemic.
Another is Tampa nurse, Suzie Dorner. She has been managing the COVID-19 ICU at Tampa General Hospital.
The last individual that will be honored in Gorman’s poem is marine veteran, James Martin. He has been assisting veterans to connect with their loved ones virtually. He has done so with his work alongside the Wounded Warriors Project.
The main goal of the poem will be to recognize these pandemic heroes. The U.S. currently has over 425,000 COVID-19 deaths as the country reaches almost a full year of battling the deadly virus. Not only will it reflect on the amazing deeds of ordinary people, but it will help shed light on all the lives lost this year.
Amanda Gorman is the first person to be named the National Youth Poet Laureate.
Three Heroes Get Good News
The NFL surprised the three pandemic heroes with the news that they would get to see the Super Bowl in person. The best part is that NFL legends Doug Baldwin, Derrick Brooks, and Jerome Bettis got to give them the good news.
“We are honored to recognize these three individuals who represent the best in all of us. During this incredibly challenging time in our lives, Trimaine, Suzie, and James have exemplified the essence of leadership, each in their own way,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, according to TMZ.
The NFL has invited 7,500 healthcare professionals who have worked the frontlines during the coronavirus pandemic. The total number of fans will be 22,000.
Amanda Gorman Poetry
Gorman will be releasing a children’s book titled “Change Sings.” She will also release her poetry collection titled “The Hill We Climb.” Both are set to come out this September and will feature just a small collection of some of the outstanding work Gorman has created so far.
Amanda Gorman was the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history. She recently reflected on the huge moment in her life, specifically recounting memories with Former First Lady Michelle Obama.
“I was there, and I remember Michelle Obama being close, and she kind of kept yelling at Barack, ‘Stop hugging people, stop getting close to people. And then when I was done, she kind of pushed him out the way and gave me just the biggest, warmest Michelle Obama,” Gorman said, according to Today.
She also reflects on the other times she met Michelle Obama. “But she always remembers, and she’s always great. And when I hug her, I’m so short my forehead is, like, in her belly button, and it’s the best.”
When she finished reading her poem and went to check her phone, nearly all her apps had crashed. People had responded adoringly to the moving poem from Gorman. She had gotten millions more fans and followers and had “stolen the show.”
“To get millions and millions of followers in under 48 hours was just — I think that was the moment when I went, wow, this has really touched people in a way that I did not predict.”