NFL to allow 22,000 fans at Super Bowl LV – 7,500 vaccinated health care workers among them

Super Bowl LV will be played on Sunday, the 7th of February 2021, at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Hopefully, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be there to make the Bucs the first team in history to play in the Super Bowl at their home stadium.

Otherwise, the Green Bay Packers will represent the NFC in Aaron Rodger's second Super Bowl appearance. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills and the defending champions Kansas City Chiefs will be battling it out for the AFC crown and the other spot in 2021's Super Bowl. Both games will be played tomorrow.

Now, New England Patriots fans, — myself included, — are not big fans of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. However, to give credit where it's due, the NFL proceeded to a very appreciable move yesterday.

The National Football League invited 7,500 vaccinated health care workers to be among the 22,000 fans in attendance at Super Bowl LV in two weeks.

“I am the son of a nurse, and all of you have a very special place in my heart,” Goodell said during a surprise video conference with health care workers at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida. “I've seen the work that you do. My mom used to talk about it all day. It's just extraordinary work, and we owe you our ongoing gratitude.”

“I want to personally invite each member of your team … to be our guest at the Super Bowl,” Goodell then told the excited hospital workers, some wiping away tears.The NFL made the decision “following discussions with public health officials, including the CDC, the Florida Department of Health, and area hospitals and health care systems,” according to a press release. “These officials reviewed and provided feedback on the NFL's comprehensive plans that will enable the league to host fans and the vaccinated health care workers in a safe and responsible way,” the statement added. The league said health care workers will be recognized with planned tributes in the stadium and during the broadcast. “These dedicated health care workers continue to put their own lives at risk to serve others, and we owe them our ongoing gratitude; we hope in a small way that this initiative will inspire our country and recognize these true American heroes. This is also an opportunity to promote the importance of vaccination and appropriate health practices, including wearing masks in public settings,” Goodell said.Source: CNN

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