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Bengals honor frontline healthcare heroes, send 4 to the Super Bowl

The NFL will recognize who’ve been fighting COVID-19 from the very beginning this Sunday.

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Just over 20,000 people will be in attendance for Super Bowl LV this Sunday in Tampa, Florida. 7,500 of them will be vaccinated healthcare workers from around the country attending the game on behalf of the NFL for being frontline heroes against COVID-19.

Four such heroes will be in Raymond James Stadium on behalf of the Cincinnati Bengals, per

America’s biggest sporting event will appear like any preceding it on the field this Sunday, but the NFL could not have gotten to this point without countless healthcare workers to help limit the spread of COVID-19. If any fans should be able to witness this game in person, it’s them.

Along with the four watching the game in-person, 11 TriHealth employees were honored by the Bengals and received at-home viewing packages from Bose and virtual meet-and-greets with quarterback Joe Burrow. TriHealth is the team’s official health care partner.

Burrow is not shy about helping people who need it, and he knows these folk have been providing plenty of it throughout the on-going pandemic.

“It was awesome. It’s always good to help give back to people that are making life go on right now. Always good to brighten their day,” Burrow said. “A lot of them talked about how busy it was. Some people are working on Sunday. COVID doesn’t slow down. These front-line workers have to push through and help these people and that’s what makes them so special.”

In another year, one without COVID-19 looming over us all, perhaps they’ll get to see Burrow playing in a Super Bowl.