The kneeling controversy has almost become synonymous with the NFL, but during the national anthem at last night’s Super Bowl, everyone on screen was proudly standing for their country and those that have sacrificed for their freedom.
The national anthem was performed by Gladys Knight, a Grammy-winning singer known as the Empress of Soul. She had promised to “unite and represent our country” during her performance and she accomplished her goal well.
There was also a great moment for leaders of the civil rights movement when Bernice King, Rep. John Lewis, and former UN ambassador Andrew Young did the coin toss. King tweeted out how much the moment meant to her.
“A significant moment. My mission is
#JusticeForAll. Humanity is turning the tide and our efforts must include bridge builders, strategic negotiators and ambassadors,” King said.
A significant moment. My mission is #JusticeForAll. Humanity is turning the tide and our efforts must include bridge builders, strategic negotiators and ambassadors. #SuperBowl #Atlanta #BuildTheWill #MLK90 pic.twitter.com/TrLfsmzlfX
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) February 3, 2019
During the last lines of the anthem, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flew over the stadium as a show of patriotism. Lt. Col. Eric Gorney shared his excitement over the event in an interview with CBS.
“Definitely a little bit more excitement. Could be our biggest event of the year,” said Gorney.
Watch the flyover below:
— CBS46 (@cbs46) February 4, 2019
Beautiful flyover as Super Bowl ‘19 kicks off! pic.twitter.com/0c4PtSmCY4
— Mindy Mizell (@mindymizell) February 3, 2019
It’s the ATL‘s edition of the Super Bowl flyover pic.twitter.com/apkrM9NMzH
— Kevin Rafferty (@WTKRKevin) February 3, 2019
— Airshow News (@NewsAirshow) February 3, 2019
While there was no kneeling during the 2019 Super Bowl, some music artists refused to perform due to their decision to support Colin Kaepernick and those that kneel for the anthem.