1. Preparation for Halftime Show
a. Location where we practiced
b. Practice sessions
c. Feelings and emotions
d. Celebrities got to meet, perks of being one of small amount of kids chosen
2. Day of Super bowl half time show
a. Feelings (anxiety of what is to come)
b. Hours get closer, feelings get more intense
c. Transportation across town/ arrival at stadium
3. Actual event
a. The build up/hearing the crowd while still hidden away in the tunnels
b. The excitement of running on the field and the loudest noise I??™ve ever heard jolting through my body
c. The routine and events that occurred during it
d. The conclusion and how a life defining moment transpired
My time in the spotlight
By Robert Dukes
English Composition 1301
January 8, 2011
As I was standing in the massive tunnel I was in awe. I was in the same tunnel that every Sunday my favorite football team, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ran out from as they prepared to play a National Football League game. My emotions were running in every direction as in the next few minutes I would be involved in the highlight of my ten years on this earth. The hundreds of little kids around me were feeling the same way as I looked around and saw smiles with nervousness written all over them. Then we watched as the mighty New York Giants football players came running by us, some stopped to shake our hands and give us encouragement. Then over the mighty stadium public announcement system we heard the stadium announcer say,??? Ladies and Gentlemen, please be seated as the Super Bowl XXV half time show begins.??? I was going to be in the national spotlight as a participant in the Super Bowl 25 halftime show.
I started practicing in August of 1990. Three times a week my mother would drop me off at one of the local high school; Hillsborough High School. It would be ironic that a few years later I would actually be attending this same school. We began to learn what are roles would be and what dance moves we had to learn. A lot of repetitive days followed as we were constantly dancing over and over. At such a young age it was hard to stay focused but the enthusiasm and motivation I had for what I was involved in was enough to sustain me through these first few months.
As it got closer to the day all this hard work would pay off and be shown to the world, we began to meet a lot of celebrities. I had the pleasure to shake Warren Moon??™s hand. He was the quarterback for the Houston Oilers and he was an idol to me. We also got to meet a then phenomenon, New Kids on the Block. To be honest I was more of a teenage mutant ninja turtle type of kid but all the little girls were so excited and they cried as this opportunity was given to us. We found out we all would receive four tickets to Walt Disney World for being part of this and we got to hang out with characters such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and many more as the day crept closer and closer.
The morning of January 27, 1990 finally arrived, this was the day I have been anticipating ever since I was told six months earlier that I would be part of Disney??™s,??? A Small World Salute to 25 Years of the Super Bowl.??? I was a member of the Citrus Park Bills and I was one of a few children chosen out of the Youth Football League I played in. The day I received the news from my mother that I was selected to be one of hundreds of kids from around the United States to be a participant in the halftime show, I was excited and scared at the same time.
I arrived at the high school I had spent so much time at 3 o??™clock p.m. and waited for the word to get on the busses. Then it finally came, Mrs. Thomas the coordinator for my group said the words I have been waiting for since I first was given the news. It was time to board the bus and make our way to the stadium. We convoyed to Tampa Stadium, unloaded the busses and made our way to our start point.
Finally the moment had arrived, Sunday 27th of January, 1991. Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida was the spectacular and chosen host for this year??™s Super Bowl and was packed with ninety-five thousand fans, all which expected and shared the belief that their team was going to win and claim the championship. The game was played under much patriotic fervor, due to the Gulf War. Many remember this war as Operation Desert Storm; it started in August of 1990 and officially ended in February of 1991. Little did we know that the show we were going to give the world would not be televised, due to a program about Soldiers deployed forward in this war.
The crowd erupted with a deafening roar as we ran onto the field. I felt a jolt of euphoria as I ran to my position on the forty five yard line on the home side of the field. As I looked around I felt a feeling I never have felt before to this point in my life, ninety plus thousand people on their feet clapping and flashes from cameras going off it seemed every mille second. This was the greatest moment of my life in my ten years of existence and I was never so thankful to be where I was at. Donald Duck came over the public announcement system and the program was ready to start.
The music began and I started to dance. All nerves were gone as I was hitting every step with precise and sharp movements, with the world??™s biggest smile at the time. I kicked, spun around and shook my back side to the music as I felt it pump through my veins. The crowd let off another deafening roar when the first routine had ended. Then on the big screen President George Bush and the First Lady appeared. The President gave a little message to us and also the Soldiers in harm??™s way down range in the Gulf War, ironically another moment I would encounter when I got older as I joined the Army. During this message fifty children assembled on the middle of the field. One from each state in our great nation and each child had a mother or father deployed at the time. With each child waving little American flags, the ninety thousand people stood up and with a roar that could be heard in the state of New York applauded these children. A tear came to my eye as I was overpowered with emotion. New Kids on the Block sang and the halftime show had ended just like it started, with us running off the field to a loud standing ovation. We were allowed to stay and watch the second half of the Super Bowl and I watched as kicker Scott Norwood of the Buffalo Bills missed a last second field goal giving the New York Giants the victory.
The moment and highlight of my short life had come and gone but I enjoyed every step along the way. I was ten years old at a Super Bowl watching it and performing in the halftime show. I was blessed to meet national football league players such as Warren Moon, Otis Anderson and Bo Jackson. I was able to sit in the same locker room as my favorite football team and walk out the tunnel of a stadium packed with everyone cheering for me. Would I have another moment like this in my lifetime, probably so but on January 27, 1991 it was my day. Dreams were fulfilled and a new view on my life was formed. I realized I could accomplish anything and dreams could be achieved. Life would be different as I knew and I was excited.