Upper Valley Connections to the Superbowl
Mann passes to Lady Gaga and Dartmouth's MVP appears in an NFL commercial
Before Super Bowl LI passes into a haze of golden memory, here are a couple of things you probably didn't know:
Brian Mann, Dartmouth class of 2002, tossed the football to Lady Gaga as she jumped off the stage during the Superbowl halftime show. The former quarterback holds Dartmouth's single-season record for passing, with 2,913 yards. During his pro career as a quarterback with the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League, Mann landed the part of a body double for Adam Sandler's remake of The Longest Yard. More recently he held administrative jobs with the Dartmouth athletics department before becoming the associate athletic director for development at Rice University in Houston three years ago. Mann got the Superbowl gig because he was in the right place at the right time. He told the Boston Globe:
“I was told they had someone lined up to make the throw, and he changed his mind, before the Super Bowl. So, they cold-called the Rice athletics department looking for someone, and the secretary for the athletic director said ‘There’s this guy downstairs, who’s done some different things, you may want to talk to him.'”
The other Upper Valley Superbowl connection was a commercial aired by the NFL featuring Dartmouth football coach Buddy Teevens and the college's Mobile Virtual Player (MVP). (Click here to see the commercial.)
Prior to the Superbowl commercial the MVP garnered numerous headlines and a try-out on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. A start-up company Mobile Virtual Player has put the machine into commercial production. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, SF 49ers, LA Rams, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, Indianapolis Colts are among the professional teams using the $8,300 robot. The CEO of the firm is Norwich resident John Currier.