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New Jersey Ties to Super Bowl 2023

by Cristina Lombardi
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It’s hard to believe that Super Bowl Sunday is here. Whether your favorite team is playing or not, the Super Bowl is an event that football fans look forward to all year long. The game kicks off at 6:30PM on February 12th at State Farm Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona — where the Philadelphia Eagles will face the Kansas City Chiefs. Even though New York teams aren’t playing (our condolences, Giants, Jets, + Bills fans), football fans in Hudson County will have a lot of chances to root for NFL pros with roots in New Jersey. After all, the first forward pass in football history was thrown right here in Hoboken. Keep reading to learn more about the ties and connections between the players, the performers, and great state of New Jersey.

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Super Bowl Fun Facts

  • The last time the Super Bowl was played in NJ was back in 2014 at the Meadowlands Stadium. It marked the first time the Super Bowl was played outdoors in a cold-weather city.
  • This will be the second time teams from Kansas City and Philadelphia will meet for a championship, and the fourth time the Super Bowl is hosted at State Farm Stadium in Phoenix.
  • The first Super Bowl took place on January 15th, 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California, and was played between the Kansas City Chiefs and the NFL champion Green Bay Packers.
  • The Super Bowl has used Roman numerals since Super Bowl V, which took place in 1971. Lamar Hunt, then owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, is credited with introducing the idea. However, the only Super Bowl to not feature Roman numerals was Super Bowl 50.
  • The most Super Bowl wins by a single team is six — and the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers share this achievement.
  • There are 12 teams that have yet to win a Super Bowl. They are the: Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, and Tennessee Titans.
  • Tom Brady has won the most Super Bowl M.V.P. awards with five. Joe Montana, former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, has won three M.V.P. awards.
  • The winning team of the Super Bowl is presented with the NFL championship trophy, more commonly referred to as the Vince Lombardi trophy. Lombardi led the Green Bay Packers to victory in the first two Super Bowls.
  • Next year, Super Bowl LVIII will be held at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas — for the first time.
  • To get a Super Bowl ticket from a primary source is close to impossible for the average fan. The NFL distributes most of the tickets to the 32 NFL teams.
  • Tickets to the Super Bowl cost an average price of nearly $9,000 (according to TicketIQ) making Sunday’s game the second most expensive Super Bowl in NFL history.

Read More: Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Hoboken + Jersey City

Connections to New Jersey

The Philadelphia Eagles

Say what you want about the Birds, but The Philadelphia Eagles will be appearing in their fourth Super Bowl and have four teammates born in New Jersey. First, Shaun Bradley (linebacker) is from Mt. Holly, Rick Lovato (long snapper) was born in Neptune and raised in Middletown, Haason Reddick (outside linebacker) is from Camden, and Kyzir White (outside linebacker) is from Plainfield.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs will be playing in their fifth Super Bowl and have three players with roots in New Jersey. First, Isiah Pacheco (running back) is from Vineland and played for Rutgers, Michael Burton (fullback) grew up in Long Valley, while Ihmir Smith-Marsette (wide receiver) was born and raised in Newark.

So, basically, this Sunday’s game is all about New Jersey. Obv.


Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton – an 8x Grammy, 15x CMA, and 10x ACM Award-winner and one of the country music’s most respected musicians – is set to perform the national anthem. No, he is not from NJ and no, he didn’t go to Rutgers, but his “All-American Road Show” 2023 tour dates kick off on April 26th. Although he is not coming to NJ — the closest show will be on June 8th in Syracuse, NY. During his last Tour in 2021 with Sheryl Crow and Kendell Marvel he made a stop at PNC Arts Center. He also played at BB&T Pavilion, Camden that year.

See More: NFL Players Who Have Lived in Essex County


With more than 100 million gold + platinum song certifications and an eight-time grammy award winner, we couldn’t be more excited for Rihanna to perform at this year’s halftime show. During her last Anti World Tour in 2016, she performed with Travis Scott at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.  Since then, she has been in a few movies — including Oceans 8 and the musical Guava Island and launched her own line, Fenty Beauty, in 2017 — and in 2019 partnered with LVMH Moët Hennessy — Louis Vuitton to create the fashion line, Fenty. It goes without saying, fans are optimistic and patiently waiting for a new album (and hopefully concerts in NJ) this year!

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