Written by Jalen McGill
Super Bowl 57 took place in Phoenix Arizona and featured a week of extravagant events. Some major events included NFL Honors, Opening Night Media, and Media Row. NFL Honors is an annual awards show where the National Football League honors players, coaches, and executives for their year of hard work. It names the league’s highest honors which include MVP, DPOY, COY, OROY, DROY, and more. Opening Night Media is an event that features both Super Bowl teams, and allows the media an opportunity to ask questions ahead of the big game.
Media Row is an annual opportunity for hundreds of media outlets to interview currently and past athletes, entertainers, business owners, and other impactful people in the sports community.
This year I couldn’t help but notice one key factor that brought each event together. That factor which engulfed Super Bowl week was that of Faith. Faith was an aroma that passed through Super Bowl week like a fresh batch of Buffalo wings at a Highmark Stadium Tailgate. Each event I attended, I was able to see men of faith speaking out and proclaiming their faith. Whether it was Damar Hamlin at the NFL Honors, Jalen Hurts at Media Night, or the hundreds of former athletes during Media Row. Those athletes included Emmitt Smith, Tony Dungy, Donovon McNabb, Demario Davis, and a handful of others. There were men who weren’t afraid to profess their love for God.
Faith and football have almost always been connected. This year seemed a little more special than other’s. Maybe because of the millions of people who prayed for Damar Hamlin? Maybe because this year saw more athletes than ever embrace speaking out about faith? Either way, this new era of faith and football will hopefully fuel the next generation of football players to embrace God.
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