By Elwyn Henderson
Super Bowl LVII Week officially began on Monday night when Opening Night took place at Footprint Arena, home of the Phoenix Suns. A near capacity crowd of around 17,000 fans packed the arena to get a glimpse of their heroes from the two teams.
The Philadelphia Eagles were first on the schedule. Eleven players including Coach Nick Siriani and quarterback Jalen Hurts were featured for one hour answering questions from the approximately 3,000 media members on the floor of the arena.
Following a 1-hour break the Kansas City Chiefs came out to answer questions from the massive media members in attendance at the event. Chiefs included Coach Andy Reid and quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
We had a chance to visit with Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson from Groveton, Texas and asked him how long he had dreamed about playing in the NFL before getting his opportunity.
“I remember my senior year somebody asked me to write in their yearbook and I said I was going to go to the combine in a few years, get drafted and go to the NFL. I’ve had my sights on this for a long time, but I’m just very fortunate. There’s a lot that goes into this. You’ve got to be lucky I feel like to have a long career. I’ve been very fortunate and now in the back half of my career I just want to thank all the people that stood behind me.”
Whitehouse native and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was asked by NFL Network’s Michael Irvin what the biggest motivating factor was to him going into Sunday’s Super Bowl game.
“Yeah, the motivating factor is to be the best. You’re in the biggest game of your life. You want to go out there and make memories with your teammates. I think the biggest motivating factor is to get out there on that field and try to be the best. We know we’ve got a great challenge with the Philadelphia Eagles, so it will be a great test.”
The excitement is building in Arizona for the biggest game of in the world of sports, Super Bowl LVII this Sunday.