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Super Bowl 2023 puts down marker for diversity in sport

The greatest show in sport is back this weekend, as the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII.

The 57th NFL final takes place at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, home of the Arizona Cardinals, and kicks off at 4:30pm local time (MST) and 11:30pm (GMT).

The spectacle promises to be one of the toughest-fought NFL showdowns in some time. Both Chiefs and Eagles were #1 seed in the AFC and NFC respectively, leaving experts split over who will lift the Lombardy Trophy.

More significantly, this will be the first Super Bowl to feature two Black starting quarterbacks, in a season that began with a record 11 Black athletes at that position.

The much-anticipated clash between the Eagles' Jalen Hurts and the Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes "was nearly inevitable because of the growing opportunities for Black quarterbacks", many of whom are playing at the NFL's highest levels, USA Today reports.

With Mahomes at the helm, the Chiefs have reached their third Super Bowl in four years after being the team to beat in the AFC Conference in recent times. Having overcome a shoulder injury, Hurts is flying high in an impressive season that's seen the Eagles lose just once with him on the field of play.

Sunday's outcome may be hard to call, but football fans worldwide can look forward to displays of outstanding athleticism, strength, skill, and many other qualities that are central to our work at Athlete Career Transition (ACT).

At ACT, we help former athletes transition out of pro sport and into second careers in business. We identify and develop athletes' talents, then match them with corporate roles in supportive environments where they can continue as elite performers.

Former NFL stars to have transitioned into second careers through ACT include:

Ukeme Eligwe

A former linebacker, Ukeme appeared for Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, Tennessee Titans, New York Jets and Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders. Ukeme successfully completed the Allliance Bernstein (AB) Athlete Internship Program and is now in a full-time role with the firm.

Vladimir Ducasse

Vladmir played for New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills in the NFL.

Vladimir holds an Executive MBA from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and a BA in African-American/Black Studies from UMASS. He is now a Distribution Supervisor with Estée Lauder.

Whoever you're supporting this Super Bowl, Athlete Career Transition is here to ensure all our favourite players stay at the top of their game long after the final whistle blows.


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