One of the best parts about the Super Bowl is the common experience. This is true at Final Fours, and Olympics, and other major events like that, but the platform lends itself to open and somewhat substantive conversations among complete strangers. I’ve been surprised at this, and maybe I shouldn’t be, but I’ve never seen much conflict between fans of the two teams. There seems to be a mutual respect, like, you’re here and I’m here so at least for now let’s just both have fun and enjoy football.
The face of the next generation of power in the NFL is mostly anonymous among fans here, and that is part of the point. One of the leading voices of influence for the NFL’s future does not speak much, which is largely how he earned his sway.