The NFL is honoring three community leaders as honorary captains for the Super Bowl LV coin toss, including a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
James Martin, a Marine Corps veteran and community leader, will be recognized on the field for his selfless work in his community over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Martin has worked virtually with veterans through the Wounded Warriors Project, assisted Aliquippa high school in live-streaming football games for individuals unable to attend and opened his home to children in need, providing them stability and comfort within his own family.
The NFL informed Martin of the honor in a special way, having Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Steeler great Jerome Bettis surprise him with the exciting news via Zoom. Martin’s reaction is as priceless as you would expect.
“We are honored to recognize these three individuals who represent the best in all of us,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement Wednesday. “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.”
Not only will Martin and his counterparts participate in the coin toss ceremony, they will also be honored by poet Amanda Gorman, the star of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, who will recite an original piece recognizing their efforts.
The league is also honoring educator Trimaine Davis and healthcare worker Suzie Dorner in addition to Martin.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs will face off in Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7 from Raymond James Stadium.