The pre-match coverage for the Super Bowl 2021 will have something non-football fans will have their eyes on: America’s first National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and his original poem which will be read before the game. Gorman achieved national notoriety after reading his poem, “The Hill We Climb” To President Joe Biden’s inauguration last month. Now the 22-year-old poet will be in the nation’s spotlight again as she is part of the Super Bowl LV pre-game coverage ahead. Tom brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take the ground against Patrick muhammad and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Gorman’s performance will occur during pre-game coverage of the Super Bowl, which is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. EST on CBS. Gorman’s poem will appear with the singing of the national anthem by Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church and “America the Beautiful” by HER. Pre-match performances do not have a down-to-the-minute public schedule.
However, we do know that Gorman will appear alongside three Honorary Captains – Educator Trimaine Davis, Nurse Manager Suzie Dorner and Navy veteran James Martin – for the pre-game draw. Gorman’s poem should focus on the impact these three people had during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you’re looking to watch Gorman’s performance, be sure to tune in at 6 p.m. EST, with actual game coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. EST. Since Gorman is expected to appear in conjunction with the toss, his performance will likely drop towards the latter part of that 30-minute block, just before kick-off.
Super Bowl LV: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Start time: 6:30 p.m. EST | Sunday February 7
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Musical acts and pre-match performances
- Poem reading by Amanda Gorman, poet laureate who performed at the inauguration of President Joe Biden
- National Anthem – Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church
- “America the Beautiful” – SHE
- Halftime Show – The Weeknd
Site: Raymond James Stadium | Tampa, Florida
More coverage via Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL has selected three people who served during the coronavirus pandemic as honorary Super Bowl captains along with inaugural poet Amanda Gorman for an original poem.
Commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Wednesday that educator Trimaine Davis, nurse manager Suzie Dorner and Navy veteran James Martin will enter the draw on February 7 in Tampa, Florida. The trio were chosen to embody the NFL’s “It Takes All of Us” message this season.
Gorman, the country’s first young national poet, recited “The Hill We Climb” at Biden’s inauguration on January 20. She will recite her poem about the trio’s impact before the game, which will be televised and screened inside Raymond James Stadium.
Davis has made sure his students and their families have devices and internet access in Los Angeles, and he’s also held tech workshops to help people learn how to use the devices.
Dorner, who has lost two grandparents to COVID-19, is the nurse in charge of COVID intensive care at Tampa General Hospital and represents healthcare workers across the country as honorary captain.
Martin has helped area veterans, high school athletes and youth connect virtually through the Wounded Warrior Project and by broadcasting live events in Pittsburgh. He volunteered to live stream every home football game for Aliquippa High School so families could watch. He also took in needy children from his neighborhood.
“During this incredibly difficult time in our lives, Trimaine, Suzie and James exemplified the essence of leadership, each in their own way,” said Goodell. “We are grateful for their commitment and proud to share and recognize their stories during this special time on Super Bowl Sunday.”