The U.S. military and the Super Bowl have shared quite a history together - more than 40 years! As each of us gathers with our family and friends this Sunday to participate in a proud American tradition, our military members are prepared to give us a special treat.
Which military members will be participating in the big day? I'm pleased to tell you that I have the answers. For the pregame - my favorites, The Air Force Thunderbirds, will dazzle the crowd with an amazing flyover; additionally our phenomenal and stealthy all-service U.S. Special Operations Command color guard will present the nation's colors during the game's national anthem. (which will be sung by the American Idol living across the street from my parents!)
I'm also happy to tell you that Gen Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, will be officiating the ceremonial coin toss.
It's nice to hear that the NFL has major respect for the military. Spokesman Brian McCarthy told the American Forces Press Service that, "The NFL has had a longstanding tradition of supporting the military. We have a great appreciation for what the military does and feel honored to include the military in the Super Bowl."
As I mentioned in an earlier post, military members in the land of sand will also get to join in on the event. McCarthy stated, "[The NFL] feels that the 70,000 fans attending the Super Bowl this year should be cheering louder for the military than the two teams playing. It is, indeed, very important for the NFL to look for every opportunity to support the troops."
I couldn't agree more. So please stop and think of them this Sunday, as you're noshing on all of your favorite foods and drinking your favorite beer and enjoying the comfort of your own home. I know I will.
Thanks to all our men and women around the world who protect us and keep us safe. We miss you every day. And now, let's get READY for some FOOTBALL!