It's common knowledge that former Meridian High School star Kenyatta Walker will be in the starting offensive line for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Sunday's Super Bowl.
But he won't be the only person from Meridian to be involved in the world's largest and possibly most important sporting event.
Mayor John Robert Smith, who wears more than one hat, will have a key role at the game.
"I'll present an award to the Monday Night most valuable player," said Smith. "Amtrak gives this award and as chairman of the board, I'll make the presentation."
Smith said he's excited about the trip.
"Any Super Bowl is exciting but I'm pleased to be headed out representing Amtrak but, of course, wherever I go I'm representing Meridian, too," Smith said.
Since this award goes to the most valuable player from the Monday Night football games you see here on WTOK, we hoped we could break the news early. We were wrong. The mayor wouldn't tell.
It's one more reason to watch the Super Bowl here on Channel 11 Sunday. Pregame programming begins at 1:00 p.m. The kickoff is scheduled for about 5:15 p.m.
For the first time the game will be broadcast in High Definition television. People owning an HDTV but which doesn't have a tuner, will need one. Tuners are available from local television dealers.
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Super Bowl XXXVII: Oakland Raiders vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Oakland Raiders: AFC
The Raiders have made it to the Super Bowl five times.
Super Bowl XXXVII: Jan. 26, 2003 -- Oakland vs. Tampa Bay
Super Bowl XVIII: Jan. 22, 1984 – L.A. Raiders 38, Washington 9
Super Bowl XV: Jan. 25, 1981 – Oakland 27, Philadelphia 10
Super Bowl XI: Jan. 9, 1977 – Oakland 32, Minnesota 14
Super Bowl II: Jan. 14, 1968 – Oakland 14, Green Bay 33
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: NFC
This is the first year the Buccaneers have made it to the Super Bowl. Buccaneers’ head coach Jon Gruden left the Raiders last year.
Vince Lombardi Trophy
The Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy was originally called the World Championship Game Trophy when the game was still known as the AFL-NFL World Championship. It was renamed in 1971 in honor of Vince Lombardi, former Green Bay Packers coach and general manager.
It is considered to be the National Football League’s most prestigious award.
Handcrafted by Tiffany & Co. and valued at $12,500, the trophy depicts a football in kicking position. Standing at 22 inches high and weighing seven pounds, it is made entirely of sterling silver and takes 72 man-hours to complete.
Source: A compilation of Web reports contributed to this report.