Stars of NFL and Gospel icons gathered on Friday, January 30, 2009 in commemoration of the 10th Anniversary Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. The NFL sanctioned concert celebrated a decade of bridging faith and football through the rich heritage of gospel music and was held at the University of South Florida ’s Sun Dome. Gospel headliners including, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Sapp and Hezekiah Walker shared the stage with an impressive list of NFL stars. As in the past year the concert also featured the NFL PLAYERS All-Star Choir.
The 10th Anniversary Super Bowl Gospel Celebration included many memorable moments. ESPN and ESPN Classic aired a special broadcast of the 10th Anniversary Super Bowl Gospel Celebration on Sunday, February 1st as part of their Super Bowl Sunday programming line-up. The broadcast marked ESPN’s first-ever airing of a faith-based program. Among the many highlights was a tribute staged in honor of Super Bowl XLI-winning coach Tony Dungy. Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris, media personality, Bryant Gumbel and the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., were among the many dignitaries in attendance at this year’s show.
“We are honored to continue our longstanding partnership with the NFL in producing what has emerged as the premiere, family-oriented entertainment event where players and fans can come together and share in an inspirational evening during Super Bowl weekend,” said Melanie Few, president of Results, Inc. and the event’s founder and executive producer in a recent press release. “We thank all the players, fans, dignitaries and everyone that made the tenth presentation of the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration a success.”
The roster of NFL players making appearances at the 10th Anniversary Super Bowl Gospel Celebration included: John St, Clair (Chicago Bears); Dexter Clinkscale (Retired - Dallas Cowboys); Mark Clayton (Baltimore Ravens); Don Davis (Retired – New England Patriots); George Foster (Detroit Lions); Tommy Harris (Chicago Bears); Kevin Jordan (Retired – Green Bay Packers); Henry Lawrence (Oakland Raiders); Daniel Manning (Chicago Bears); Darril McCluur II (Chicago Bears); and many others.
Sponsors of the 10th Anniversary Super Bowl Gospel Celebration included NFL PLAYERS, the Tampa Tribune and Clear Channel-95.7 The Beat! Herff Jones provided custom NFL PLAYERS choir robes. A portion of the proceeds benefited NFL YET Tampa Bay . For more information on the 10th Anniversary Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, visit www.superbowlgospelcelebration.com