Presidential Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman to honor Superbowl honorary game captains

Amanda Gorman, shown here performing during President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration, has been selected to perform an original piece at the Superbowl.

Three heroes who served as leaders in their respective communities during the global pandemic will be honored at Super Bowl LV on Sunday, Feb. 7, at Raymond James Stadium.

The three Honorary Captains (educator Trimaine Davis; nurse manager Suzie Dorner; and veteran James Martin) will participate in the official on-field Coin Toss ceremony. All three were selected because of their dedication and selfless commitment to helping others. These heroes are symbolic of the thousands of health-care professionals, educators, and veterans throughout our country who continue to care for, heal and support those in need during this pandemic. Together they embody the season-long message of ‘It Takes All of Us.’

“We are honored to recognize these three individuals who represent the best in all of us,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “During this incredibly challenging time in our lives, Trimaine, Suzie, and James have exemplified the essence of leadership, each in their own way. We are grateful for their commitment and proud to share their stories and recognize them during this special moment on Super Bowl Sunday.”

Before the Honorary Captains are recognized on-field, Presidential Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman will recite an original poem about these three individuals in recognition of their tremendous impact during an unprecedented year. The recitation of the poem will air nationally on CBS and be featured in-stadium.

Notably, Gorman recently performed alongside Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez at the Presidential Inauguration.  Gorman delivered ‘The Hill We Climb,’ which included lines about the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

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