When I Think About Football, I Think Maroon 5
Like many proud Americans before me, when I think about the great sport of football, there is only one cultural institution that comes to mind: pop band Maroon 5.
I often journey back to the innocent days of my youth, when I first stepped out onto that field, sounds of 2004 hit “There Will Be Love” blaring over the speakers. As I strapped on my pads and helmet and made my debut, grunt-smashing into my armored peers, the delicate words of songwriters Adam Levine and James Valentine echoed in my head:
I don't mind spendin' everyday
Out on your corner in the pourin' rain
Delightful. And - invigorating.
Over the next few years, along with millions of other aspiring superstar athletes, I became entranced by the bubbly hooks and crossover appeal of Levine & Company. My pregame playlist - never failing to get me “in the zone” - was littered with all the usual suspects: “This Love,” “Sunday Morning,” “Goodnight Goodnight.” You couldn’t enter a locker room in 2010 without being greeted by the funky tones of “Moves Like Jagger,” a track that has inspired some of the greatest huddle speeches in history.
And now, finally, almost 20 years after exploding onto the scene as the Official Soundtrack of the Gridiron, the M 5 boys will take their rightful place on stage at the Super Bowl Halftime Show. I look forward to watching a grateful nation pay respect to these sports music legends.