After blowing the entire country away on Inauguration Day with her stunning poetry, Amanda Gorman returned for the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 to recite another original poem before kickoff, and it was absolutely incredible.
On Super Bowl Sunday, the Harvard graduate and youngest poet to speak at Inauguration Day performed an original poem during the Super Bowl LV pregame show before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs took the field at 6:30 p.m. EST on CBS. Gorman recited this poem, paying tribute to the three honorary game captains that the NFL chose for the big game before kickoff as a part of the pregame ceremony.
“Today we honor our three captains for their actions and impact in a time of uncertainty and a time of need,” Gorman said during the performance. “They’ve taken the lead, exceeding all expectations and limitations, uplifting their communities and nation as leaders, healers, and educators.”
Gorman’s stunning poem honored these captains: educator Trimaine Davis, nurse manager Suzie Dorner, and veteran James Martin. The honorees were hand selected by the NFL because of their devotion to helping others, according to a press release, and participated in the Coin Toss ceremony right before the big game.
"We are honored to recognize these three individuals who represent the best in all of us," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "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."
Gorman’s poem was unique, but like the poem she wrote for the inauguration, "The Hill We Climb," it was touching. Gorman captivated people all across the nation with her stunning original poem about rebuilding a broken nation. "I was honestly scared of writing such a poem," Gorman said during an appearance on Good Morning America the next day. "I wasn't sure that I could even do it justice, but I'm so glad that I put my best foot forward and did it."