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Amanda Gorman Honors Pandemic Heroes With Original Poem at 2021 Super Bowl

Former National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman recited an original poem honoring the NFL’s three honorary captains for the Super Bowl LV on Sunday (Feb. 7).

Gorman rocked a baby blue embellished coat during her poetry reading, which featured footage of the three individuals the NFL chose to honor for their community-based work during the COVID-19 pandemic: Trimaine Davis, an LA teacher who provided laptops and WiFi access for his students’ remote learning; Suzie Dorner, a Tampa Bay General Hospital nurse manager who’s been working at the COVID ICU ward; and James Martin, a Pittsburgh-based Marine veteran virtually connecting families through the Wounded Warrior Project and taking in local kids facing issues at home.

“Today we honor our three captains for their actions and impact in a time of uncertainty and need. They’ve taken the lead, exceeding all expectations and limitations, uplifting their communities and neighbors as leaders, healers and educators,” Gorman described of the three individuals. “Let us walk with these warriors, charge on with these champions and carry forth the call of our captains. Let us celebrate them by acting with courage and compassion, by doing what is right and just. For while we honor them today, it is they who every day honor us.”


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