One of three community heroes chosen to serve as honorary captains during the coin toss at the upcoming Super Bowl is a Marine Corps veteran from Pittsburgh.
James Martin was chosen to serve alongside educator Trimaine Davis from Los Angeles and nurse manager Suzie Dorner from Tampa, Fla., to participate in the official on-field coin toss ceremony during Super Bowl LV on Sunday, Feb. 7 at Raymond James Stadium.
All three were selected because of their dedication and selfless commitment to helping others, according to a news release. These heroes are symbolic of the thousands of health-care professionals, educators and veterans throughout the country who continue to care for, heal and support those in need during this pandemic. Together, they embody our season-long message that ‘It Takes All of Us’.
During the pandemic, Martin worked supporting veterans, high school athletes and local youth by connecting more than 1,800 fellow veterans and their families to one another virtually through Wounded Warrior Project and its livestreaming and video game events. He also volunteered to livestream every home football game for Aliquippa High School so family and fans could cheer on their favorite players from home and opened his home to needy kids in his neighborhood. He offered these kids a comfortable home while still attending to his own children, one of whom has special needs, the release states.
Before the Honorary Captains are recognized on-field, Presidential Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman will recite an original poem about these three individuals in recognition of their tremendous impact during an unprecedented year. The recitation of the poem will air nationally and be featured in the stadium, the release states.
“We are honored to recognize these three individuals who represent the best in all of us,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “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.”