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Why Donna Kelce won’t take part in the Super Bowl 57 coin toss despite viral petition

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Mother’s Day came early for Donna Kelce. She will get to watch her two sons, Travis and Jason, face off against one another in the Super Bowl.

The game will a family reunion of sorts for the Kelces, who are certain to have a horde of relatives in the stands.

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One place Donna will not be, at least not at the start of the game, is on the field. America’s most famous matriarch was suggested as an honorary captain for Sunday’s game at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. More than 180,000 people signed a petition asking the NFL to let her handle the pregame coin flip.

Why won’t Donna Kelce be part of the coin toss at the Super Bowl?

The league instead bestowed the honor of captaincy on four Tillman Scholars from the Pat Tillman Foundation. They’re “leaders from military families and backgrounds,” according to the foundation, who, according to the league, “represent the enduring legacy of service that Pat Tillman left behind.” The honor is part of the NFL’s pregame tribute to Tillman, the former Arizona State and Cardinals safety who was killed by friendly fire in 2004 during the U.S. military action in Afghanistan.

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Kelce took no offense. In fact, she praised the military in a Facebook post, indicating that while tossing the coin for the big game was enticing, the NFL made the right choice in the end.

“Well I was touched that so many fans wanted me to flip the coin for the Super Bowl this year!!!” she wrote, per the Kansas City Star. “Yeah, (well) that is not going to happen!! You know the military is more important than I am, and there’s a lot of people who put their blood, sweat and tears out there for the USA! I have not. I’ve been a banker and sat in a cushy chair for most of my career. The NFL is going to honor one of their own / Pat Tillman!!!”

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The Tillman Scholars slated to take the field on Sunday are military spouse and Ed.D. candidate Fabersha Flynt; U.S. Army veteran and filmmaker Robert Ham; U.S. Army reservist and developmental psychologist HyeJung Park, Ph.D.; and U.S. Air Force veteran and physician technologist Dave Prakash.


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