ESPN’s Chris Berman raises eyebrows for Abraham Lincoln
ESPN star Chris Berman raised some eyebrows on Sunday night when he recapped the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl LVII victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Berman anchored the postgame coverage on ESPN and dove into the history made by Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts when they became the first Black quarterbacks to start the same Super Bowl. The storyline had been prevalent all-week long, but Berman took it a step further Sunday night.
“Also, of course, two African American quarterbacks starting against each other in the Super Bowl for the first time. Fittingly, February 12th is Abe Lincoln’s birthday,” Berman said.
The broadcaster’s remarks drew some scrutiny on social media.
Mahomes and a late holding penalty set the Chiefs up near the goal line and Harrison Butker would deliver the game-winning field goal.
The Chiefs would win 38-35.
Mahomes played through a high-ankle sprain, which he re-aggravated in the second quarter of the game, to help the Chiefs come back from a 10-point deficit to take the lead in the fourth quarter.
Kansas City would have to hold off Jalen Hurts and the Eagles as the star quarterback tied the game with 5:15 left with a 2-yard touchdown and two-point conversion.
Mahomes would run for 26 yards on the bum ankle and get the Chiefs in field-goal range.
On the same drive, Eagles cornerback James Bradberry was called for defensive holding when it appeared he grabbed the back of wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. Fans watching at home debated the penalty, but regardless the call stood and it moved the Chiefs closer.
Mahomes was named Super Bowl MVP for the second time in his career. He led the Chiefs to four scoring drives after appearing to be hurt at the end of the first half, but momentum really started to click in the second half.