As a tribute to his late father, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been growing his hair out all season. During Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday, the phenom passer compared his increasingly curly 'do to another burgeoning superstar scheduled to will be on hand for the big game in New Jersey.
"...I have the Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, S-curl right now," the quarterback told reporters with a grin.
No, not even the NFL has enough money to revive MJ for a real-life Thriller performance. But Mars, a Grammy-winning pop singer who has grabbed five No. 1 singles faster than any man since Elvis Presley, will be making an appearance.
While Wilson is contemplating mid-game adjustments against the Denver Broncos somewhere in the depths of MetLife Stadium, Mars will be performing the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show on Sunday night. With 110.5 million viewers in the U.S. tuning in last year, the show is the most-watched musical event of the year, according to NFL.com.
Mars, a native of Hawaii, won't be left out in the South Rutherford cold by himself. The NFL announced two weeks ago that the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be joining him on stage to heat up the show. The band has sold over 60 million albums, including five multi-platinum LPs, and won six Grammy Awards, the NFL said in a press release.
It's unlikely that Flea, from the Chili Peppers, will be any more accustomed to the chilly temperatures than Mars. Fortunately for them both, they'll only have to weather the cold for roughly half of the 30-minute the intermission.
They'll leave the rest of the performance up to Wilson. Thanks to his college days in Madison, Wisc. and his thick mop of curls, he shouldn't have any problem staying warm.