MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Retired Colonel Charles McGee and the NFL both were born 100 years ago, and on Sunday they celebrated in Super Bowl style.
McGee, a member of Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, was selected to present the coin toss at Super Bowl LIV.
“This is my first Super Bowl, so it’s quite a honor to be able to be here and to be a part of what’s taking place,’’ McGee told USA TODAY Sports.
McGee was born in Cleveland but is not a long-suffering Browns fan. He said he moved in the first grade, lived in Illinois and Iowa and followed the Chicago Bears for a while. But in 1973, he retired from the military in the Kansas City area and thus has developed an affinity for the Chiefs, who faced the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
In fact, McGee said, he has a helmet autographed by Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
“I like to see good games and good refereeing,’’ he said. “I just hope both (teams) play well. I won’t be disappointed if they don’t, but I’ll be happy if they do.’’
McGee, who also served in the Korean and Vietnam wars, was joined during the ceremonial coin toss by three other 100-year-old war veterans — Odon S. Cardenas, who served in the Army during World War II; Samuel Lombardo, who served in the Amy during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars; and Sidney Walton, who served in the Army during World War II.