The 24th Annual Super Bowl Soulful Celebration to Kick Off Super Bowl Festivities in Arizona


While most sports enthusiasts are preparing for the Super Bowl, there are some of us who are just excited for the music! Yes, we know all about Rihanna making her comeback to the stage during the much anticipated half-time show but, there’s something even more special happening just a few days before. The 24th Annual Super Bowl Soulful Celebration.

Formerly known as the Super Bowl Celebration of Gospel, this evening of inspiration and culture will showcase the hidden talents of a few former players as well as some big names in the entertainment industry. Since 1999 this is the only event that offers an opportunity for the players to celebrate their faith, family and football during the biggest weekend in sports.

The only multicultural program and community event sanctioned by the NFL during Super Bowl weekend, the highly anticipated night of music, comedy, NFL Players and soulful inspiration is hosted by nationally-syndicated radio host Willie Moore, Jr. and themed “Unstoppable,” with featured performances from the legendary Patti LaBelle, Israel Houghton, Kierra Sheard-Kelly, Tye Tribbett, and The Players Choir. You read that right, there’s a gospel choir made up entirely of past and present NFL players!

We caught up with Stephen Pierce, former NFL Wide Receiver for the Cleveland Browns, to ask about his involvement with The Players Choir. Pierce, who is currently the CEO of The Stephen Pierce Foundation, an organization that focuses on youth and community outreach, expressed his excitement to once again be involved in this faith filled event. When asked whether he felt more fulfilled on the football field or in the choir Pierce took pause to consider the question then stated “The choir. On the football field I can only reach so many people at a time, even televised. With singing, I feel like I reach more, that I can spread the word of God more.” We have to admit that it was refreshing to see someone so revered be boisterous about their love for God.

This year, the Super Bowl Soulful Celebration will honor Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback and Super Bowl LVII contender Jalen Hurts with the “Faith In Action” award. This award recognizes current and former NFL players making an impact in their communities and in the lives of others off the field. Previous honorees include Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders, Tim Brown, Russell Wilson, Tony Dungy and Troy Vincent, among others.

The Super Bowl Soulful Celebration will be hosted by REACH Media Nationally-Syndicated Radio Host Willie Moore, Jr. and presented live on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona.

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