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Photos: Celebrities at Super Bowl LII

Stars at Super Bowl LII between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and parties before the big game.

Pink battles flu as she prepares to sing national anthem at Super Bowl

Pop singer Pink is battling the flu, and she said it will make her blue if she is unable to sing the national anthem Sunday at Super Bowl LII.

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But for now, she has every intention of stepping to the microphone before the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles play in Minneapolis.

The singer, an Eagles fan from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, said Friday on her Instagram account that she is “trying to practice the flu away.”

“I’ve been waiting to sing this song since 1991 when I saw my idol, Whitney Houston, own this song,” Pink wrote.

>> PHOTOS: Pink through the years

She said the flu is changing what was one of her dreams into “a sort of nightmare,” adding that singing the national anthem is one of “the biggest honors of my life.”

Pink ended her post with the hashtags #pleasegivememyvoiceback and #ificansingimgonnakillit.

Former Bengals star Chad Johnson leaves large tip for Applebee’s waitress

Former Cincinnati Bengals star wide receiver Chad Johnson took to Twitter after he tipped an Applebee’s waitress a big-league amount.

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Johnson, who was also known as Chad Ochocinco during his NFL playing career, posted a video on his account Friday night and he appeared to be surprised that he could pay using a tablet at the table.

“Did you guys know they had these machines at Applebee’s?” Johnson said.

Johnson continues to increase his tip as he presses the icon on the screen as the waitress watches.

“When my finger cramps that’s when I’ll stop,” Johnson said in the video.

The final bill? $268.17. That’s including the 342 percent tip.

Super Bowl halftime show had humble beginnings

The Super Bowl halftime show has become an event in itself, with big-name acts commanding center stage before packed stadiums and millions of television viewers.

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It has come a long way from trumpeter Al Hirt, who played in the first Super Bowl halftime show before a stadium that was only filled to two-thirds of its capacity.

The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Prince, Beyonce and Katy Perry have given memorable performances, but here are some halftime shows you may have forgotten about. 

The first Super Bowl, on Jan. 15, 1967, at the Los Angeles Coliseum, featured Hirt, the University of Arizona Symphonic Marching Band, the Grambling State Marching Band and the Anaheim High School Drill Team and Flag Girls.

Up With People performed in Super Bowl V, and Hirt returned for Super Bowl VI in 1972 to share the stage with Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chorale and the U.S. Marine Corps Drill team.

Ever seen a beauty queen perform at halftime? Judy Mallett, who was Miss Texas in 1973, played the fiddle with the University of Texas Longhorn Band when Super Bowl VIII came to Houston’s Rice Stadium in 1974.

Super Bowl XXV in Tampa, Florida, is remembered for Whitney Houston’s rousing rendition of the national anthem, but New Kids on the Block was part of the halftime show.

The Super Bowl in 1992 could be called the last of the modest halftime shows, with Gloria Estefan and members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team the highlights. But when Fox siphoned off halftime viewers with a live episode of “In Living Color,” the NFL switched to big-name concerts, starting with Michael Jackson in 1993 for Super Bowl XXVII at the Rose Bowl.

Other big names that followed included Diana Ross (1996), Aerosmith (2001), U2 (2002), Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake in a sequence that became known as for its “wardrobe malfunction” (2004), McCartney (2005), the Rolling Stones (2006), Prince (2007), Springsteen (2009), The Who (2011), Perry (2015) and Beyonce (2017).

Texans’ J.J. Watt wins Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who raised more than $37 million in 19 days for a Hurricane Harvey relief fund, won the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award on Saturday night.

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“It's an incredible honor to be mentioned in the same breath as Walter Payton, his legacy and everything he meant to football on the field, and, more important, his humanity off the field,” Watt said. “This award goes to so many more people than just myself. It goes out to the City of Houston and everything they've been through. It goes to the hundreds of thousands of people who helped donate. And it goes out to my family and everybody who supported me. It's much bigger than just one man. It's about resiliency and the ability to overcome adversity.”

In his first year as a finalist, Watt joined former Oilers quarterback Warren Moon as the only Houston players to win the Man of the Year Award, The Houston Chronicle reported. The award annually honors a player who makes charitable contributions off the field and combines it with excellence on the field.

Watt is the fourth defensive lineman to win in the 48-year history of the award, the Chronicle reported. The others were Pittsburgh defensive tackle Joe Greene (1979), New York Jets defensive end Marty Lyons (1984) and Miami defensive end Jason Taylor (2007).

“To be able to represent Houston and be able to shine a light on some of the positive things that go on in the NFL all the time – some of the good work that goes on in the community – I think that's just so special,” Watt said during his acceptance speech. “The more we can all do in the community and help each other out the better off we're going to be.”

Massachusetts man with cerebral palsy will realize Super Bowl dream

A Massachusetts man doesn't let personal struggles stand in the way of his dreams. He works as a ticket taker at every New England Patriots game at Gillette Stadium, and on Sunday he'll be at Super Bowl LII when his favorite team takes the field.

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Liz and William Fahey arrived in Minneapolis Thursday night and they are beyond excited to be a part of the entire experience -- made possible by a mother's determination. 

"We have a saying. … where there's a William, there's a way," Liz Fahey said.

Liz Fahey said when it looked like the Patriots were going to another Super Bowl, she had to find a way to get her son there.

William's attachment to the team and quarterback Tom Brady only grew, despite his cerebral palsy, when he joined the ranks at Gillette Stadium five years ago.

"He always wanted to work in professional sports and wanted to be involved with football, which is his favorite sport,” Liz Fahey said. 

"I work the concerts, the soccer games ..." William Fahey said.

"He’s been working for the team for five years, and, every year they go to the Super Bowl, and every year he asks can we go to the Super Bowl," Liz Fahey said.

So as the playoffs began, Liz began laying the groundwork for the big trip, the airfare and a place to stay. After the Patriots defeated Jacksonville in the AFC Championship game, she went on Facebook for help tracking down ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) seats for the Super Bowl.

"I came down and I said, 'We're going to the Super Bowl' and he said 'We?'" Liz said.

They had their tickets and were on their way to a dream come true.

"I just feel that there's a purpose that I'm here and able to go," William Fahey said.

All made possible by Mom.

"This is what drives Will and keeps him focused and happy -- and anything that can bring so much joy to him -- I’m just so grateful for the opportunity he’s had," she said.

Brett Favre to Eagles: 'Enjoy the moment'

Brett Favre has been to two Super Bowls as a player, so Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson thought the former quarterback would be a natural to address his team on the eve of Super Bowl LII.

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Favre didn’t disappoint. He talked with the Eagles on Saturday night at the team’s hotel, NBC Sports Philadelphia reported. His advice was simple and direct.

“We know the Patriots. They're a tremendous team. Their quarterback is the greatest to ever play. Bill Belichick is the greatest coach to ever coach. You know what they're about," Favre said, recounting his speech to NBC Sports Philadelphia. "They're going to play the whole game. Don't ever say -- kinda like last year, 'We have it won and we're going to go to the drive-thru.' That's not a good idea."

That was a reference to the Atlanta Falcons, who led the Patriots 28-3 during the third quarter of Super Bowl LI, only to see New England stage the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history to win in overtime.

Favre won Super Bowl XXXI with the Packers against the Patriots in 1997 at the Superdome in New Orleans. He lost the following season against Denver. He said that he told the Eagles to savor the success they have had this season.

"I congratulated them on the year they've had; it's a wonderful year," Favre told NBC Sports Philadelphia. "And just encouraged them to enjoy the moment. You think you're always going to come back after you've gotten a chance to go but it's such an honor to play in the Super Bowl. And to just embrace that. And I told them, 'This is probably something I should have told you two weeks ago, but this is the longest two weeks of your life and it's going to be the longest 24 hours plus of your life. The game at this point can not get here quick enough. But it's going to slow down even more.'" 

Is Bill Belichick hinting at retirement?

Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd believes New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been dropping hints that he plans on retiring after Super Bowl LII.

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Cowherd went on a rant during his show, “The Herd,” on Thursday saying he believes there’s a 50-50 chance that the five-time Super Bowl-winning coach will retire, especially if the Patriots defeat the Eagles on Sunday.

The host pointed out a quote in which Belichick said he believed quarterback Tom Brady has “earned the right to make the decision to retire,” which he somehow believes gives away the coach’s own plans.

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“That is not a small thing,” Cowherd said, while beaming with pride at his discovery. “The Kraft family is doubling down on Brady over Belichick. They’re doubling down on it. OK, remember the first time, I told you, we saw the ESPN story that Jimmy Garoppolo, a threat, get him out of town. What they were saying is, ‘Mr. Belichick, Tom trumps Belichick.’ The ESPN story reported it, I theorized it before the story came out, everybody’s denying it but now they’re admitting there’s tension. Well why would there be tension? So Jimmy Garoppolo was a threat, out of town.”

Cowherd continued to point out that Belichick, “a legendary grudge-holder,” was forced to trade both Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett for “less than market value,” despite always wanting a succession plan and numerous capable backup quarterbacks.

He also acknowledged that the coach “suddenly” assisted in his coordinators --Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia -- getting head coaching jobs, which he’s “never” done in the past. Additionally, the coach openly helped McDaniels go to the Indianapolis Colts -- an AFC team with Andrew Luck, who the host referred to as the best quarterback in the conference other than Brady -- with “all of the Patriots secrets.”

Finally, Cowherd noted that Belichick has been more “light-hearted” during Super Bowl week by wearing a fedora while walking off of the team plane and smiling more during media sessions, to which the pundit presumed meant that Sunday’s game would be his “swan song.”

So there you have it, folks. Bill Belichick is going to retire because he wore a fedora. Might as well start looking for a new coach now, Bob Kraft!

While there are some valid points made here, it all boils down to Cowherd wanting to hear himself talk during a “hot take,” as is usually the case. Surely, Belichick will still be wearing sleeveless hoodies on the Patriots’ sideline next season, despite the pundit’s conspiracy theories.

Mural in Philadelphia shows eagle carrying Tom Brady away

If you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, this mural is a work of art.

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Situated on Bainbridge Street between 8th and 9th streets, an unknown artist painted a mural that would warm the art of a Philly fanatic.

It depicts an eagle soaring in flight, with its talons clutched around a miniature Tom Brady.

The Patriots are the defending Super Bowl champions, and Brady has led the team to five titles. 

The Eagles are the underdogs for Sunday’s Super Bowl, but that doesn’t mean the team won’t try and keep Brady off the field. This artist in Philadelphia had a unique solution.

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