Amanda Gorman’s poem at Joe Biden’s housewarming ceremony was still reverberating across the internet when the NFL released the 22-year-old American poet’s new video. On the Super Bowl night, Gorman paid tribute to three captains. None of them play soccer.
Suzie Dorner is the head nurse in an intensive care unit in Tampa, Florida. James Martin is a war veteran and Trimaine Davis has collected computers so that children with less privileged backgrounds in his community can access the Internet and continue studying during a pandemic. “Today we honor our three captains for their actions and effects in a time of uncertainty and need. They took the initiative, exceeded all expectations and constraints, and raised their communities and neighbors, curators and educators, ”said Amanda Gorman.
The three were the captains of honor of the final game of the NFL championship, which will determine the champion of the season of the most important American football league in the United States. “Well, although we honor them today, they are the ones who honor us every day,” concludes the captains choir.
The poem, brought to life with Amanda Gorman’s spoken words, pauses and gestures, was prepared before the invitation to the new US President’s inauguration ceremony. “I also wanted to be the first to say that while it looks like this opportunity came after my inauguration fame, I spoke to the Super Bowl for weeks long before I was invited to office,” he wrote on social networks after being announced as one of the protagonists of the pre-game celebrations that crowned the Masters of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (and Tom Brady).
Amanda Gorman was the youngest poet to attend the inauguration of an American president in as long as there are memories. Since the presentation of The Hill We Climb, sales of her three books have exploded and the 22-year-old has been invited to television shows, signed a contract with the IMG modeling agency and has been the cover of Time magazine. Now she’s the first female poet to be asked to say one of her poems in the Super Bowl.