SUPER BOWL – Declaration of Independence

Prior to the Super Bowl FOX Sports offered an all-new presentation of the Declaration of Independence in what has become a FOX SUPER BOWL SUNDAY tradition. The piece begins with an introduction and perspective from retired Army General Colin Powell and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell who were filmed at The Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom at The National Archives in Washington, D.C. home of the Declaration of Independence.

The reading features current and former NFL greats reading excerpts from the document, and the participants were chosen for theirextraordinary service to team and country. Every NFL personality was filmed with either US military personnel or community minded people who represent the diversity that makes America great. The farm of Waynesville High School graduates Mike and Peggy Clark was chosen as one of the filming sites. 

The list of participating players past and present, along with their community representatives, includes: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees with G.W. Carver High School students in New Orleans; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver and cornerback Charles Woodson with employees of Green Bay Packaging; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra; Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb and former head coach Joe Gibbs with Army personnel atop the US Chamber of Commerce Building in Washington; former NFL quarterback Jim Plunkett with students from Stanford University's El Centro Chicano; Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice and future Hall of Famer Tim Brown with the Coast Guard members on San Francisco Bay; Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz with Ohio grain farmers at Mike Farm Enterprises (2274 East Lytle Five Points) ; Hall of Famer Bart Starr with Navy representatives in Alabama; Air Force personnel in Southwest Asia; Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware with the Cowboys' Play 60 Salvation Army All-Star Team; Hall of Famer Art Donovan with Marines at National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, VA. Donovan served in the Marines during World War II as an anti-aircraft gunner. He saw action in the Caroline Islands, Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Luzon and is also a member of the US Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame.

This is the fourth time FOX Sports is presenting the Declaration of Independence on Super Bowl Sunday. The first came prior to Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002, the first Super Bowl following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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