We are two weeks into the NFL season and fans are already talking about who will be this year’s champion. Super Bowl LVIII  will take place in Las Vegas on February 11, 2024. But did you know that Florida has hosted the most Super Bowls in NFL history?

This season marks the 58th edition of the Super Bowl. Only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles Rams have reached the Super Bowl when the game was held in their home stadium (both were victorious).

It is well-known that the decision on where the game is played is made by the NFL years in advance. Numerous factors go into the decision. Such items like weather, if the stadium has a roof, and how the city can accommodate tourism are all weighed heavily. Florida has been the most popular Super Bowl site in the past 58 years.

Let’s break it down.

Miami Has Hosted 11

South Florida leads in a landslide. In addition to the teams loving to go to Miami, so do the analysts and ticketholders, who can make a vacation out of it. The games have been split between playing at the Orange Bowl and the Miami Dolphins stadium.

The first Super Bowl here was in 1968 with the Green Bay Packers beating the Oakland Raiders. Other notable games here include Joe Namath and the Jets winning in 1969. Joe Montana and the 49ers beat the Bengals here in 1989. Peyton Manning won his first Super Bowl in South Beach with the Colts in 2007. Finally, Drew Brees and the Saints won their only title in 2010 at Hard Rock Stadium.

The most recent Miami Super Bowl was in 2020, when the Chiefs beat the 49ers.

Tampa Has Hosted 5

Next, the home of the Bucs has been the site of five Super Bowls from 1984 to 2021. This was the site in 1991 where Whitney Houston sang arguably the most memorable National Anthem in history. Then, the Giants beat the Bills on a last second missed field goal. Most recently, Raymond James Stadium hosted the Super Bowl without fans during the pandemic.

Jacksonville

In 2005, Jacksonville held their only Super Bowl. The home of the Jaguars is where the Patriots beat the Eagles, 24-21.

This year, the NFL will announce who gets the Super Bowl in 2027. Miami is certainly in contention. Florida may host its 18th Super Bowl.

Who Are The 4 NFL Quarterbacks Kids Like Best?

This past weekend, I spent many hours with youth football players that range from age 10 – 12 years old. My son is a youth player, and  I noticed at least six different NFL jerseys being worn by him and his teammates. This led me to wonder, who are kids’ favorite NFL quarterbacks today?

I was reminiscing about which athletes kids looked up to when I was 10 years-old. It was simple. Your favorite player was typically one of the stars on your favorite (usually hometown) team. Occasionally, a universal big name like Joe Montana would jump into the mix. However, many of the big Montana fans I knew growing up in New Jersey were then San Francisco 49ers fans. This was usually due to their admiration of Montana. I don’t see that to frequently be the case today.

It is not uncommon for kids to gravitate more towards specific players now as opposed to an overall team. There are two main reasons why I find this to be the modern way of fandom for youth today.

First is fantasy football. In fantasy football, you cheer for individual players. The team winning or losing doesn’t matter, the player on your team putting up big numbers does. It’s great for the NFL to have kids intently invested with so many games per week.

Second, players are digitally accessible. Meaning, you can engage differently with a player much more in our social media universe. Players share a glimpse into their lives and who they are off the field. The NFL as a league leaned into this a partnered with TikTok back in 2019 to give fans even more content.

Why Do Kids Select A Favorite Player?

It’s a question with many answers. 30 years ago I would have said, “I love Phil Simms because he is the New York Giants’ fearless leader.” I asked 30 local youth athletes this as a follow-up question upon them naming their favorite NFL quarterback. Often the answer was related to the Quarterback’s persona. Their style of play, their personality, and even their jersey number was mentioned.

So tallying up the 30 youth football players I asked, here are the kids’ favorite NFL quarterbacks that are active today.

  • #4 Jalen Hurts

    Hurts received 10% of the votes. A year ago, I don’t believe his name would have been mentioned. However, Hurts skyrocketed last year and brought the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl. He showcased a fast style of play where he could run just as well as he throws. Kids love someone who takes the media world by storm. Furthermore, Hurts wears #1, and this has become an increasingly popular jersey number.

     

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  • #3 Josh Allen

    Being on the cover of Madden certainly helps. Allen’s quaterback style is similar to Hurts’ in that he too can use his legs. Seven kids named Allen (who is not a huge force on social media) their favorite because of his character. He plays ever game like it’s his last. My neighbor said, “It feels like every game the is the Super Bowl when Allen is leading the Bills offense on a drive down the field.” It’s a fair point. Allen dives and scraps for every single yard, and the kids are seeing it and reacting to that.

  • #2 Joe Burrow

    “Joe Cool” is not his nickname, but it should be. Here’s a great example of TikTok and shorts influencing youth player today. My son still watches the clip of Burrow throwing a spinning 50-yard, no-look pass perfectly down the sideline, from warmup last season. Burrow has an edge. He has confidence. Furthermore, he’s as good as they come. Burrow is the modern quarterback who has the skill set of a historical, prototypical QB. His black, orange, and white jersey is also pretty Joe “cool.” He received eight votes.

  • #1 Patrick Mahomes

    #15 got the most votes with 12, and is the clear #1 among the group of kids that I spoke to. Mahomes is a brand unto himself. He has his own style of play. He is innovative and his coach Andy Reid allows him to implement plays that people have never seen run before. “Mahomes is just in another league,” my son said. “And he wins.” His two Super Bowl rings also sit beside his two MVP awards. “We see that what Mahomes does, actually works,” another youth player said. He has a valid point.

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