A Super Bowl for the books


For football fans, the Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event of the entire year, and this year’s did not disappoint. Super Bowl LVII may be the biggest one yet, as the game made history on and off the field. 

Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, and Jalen Hurts, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, made NFL history as the first two Black quarterbacks to start in a Super Bowl. This is a big deal as, in the past, Black quarterbacks have faced many injustices due to the position only being filled by Whites.  Mahomes also broke another record by becoming the third Black quarterback to win a Super Bowl and the first to win multiple.  

“I think about it a lot: the quarterbacks that came before me Shack Harris, Doug Williams — that laid the foundation for me to be in this position. It goes across all sports. If you think about Jackie Robinson and the people who broke the color barrier in baseball, I would not be standing here today if it was not for them,” Mahomes said. 

Popular singer Rihanna broke the internet with her 12-minute halftime performance, where she announced her second pregnancy by showing off her baby bump, making her the first pregnant woman to perform a Super Bowl halftime show. Her performance also had a groundbreaking amount of viewers, with 118.7 million people tuning in, which was more than the actual Super Bowl itself.  

“I loved seeing Rihanna perform again and her pregnancy surprise was exciting to see,” Kendall Lee, junior, said.  

To celebrate 50 years of women aviators in the U.S. Navy, Super Bowl LVII featured a historic all-women flyover. It consisted of seven female pilots who flew over the stadium in a diamond formation before the game, a traditional Super Bowl ritual that started in 1968.  

“We stand on the shoulders of giants. There is a lot of people who make what we do possible (…) this is for them,” Lt. Caitlin Perkowski, one of the women who participated in the flyover, said in a tweet.  

The multiple accomplishments and records broken during Super Bowl LVII will go down in history and is one to remember.