It’s not just the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams hanging out in Atlanta prior to Super Bowl LIII on Sunday. Other athletes, plus musicians, actors, and generally famous people have all made the pilgrimage to ATL to take part in the weeklong celebration leading up to the big game.
Some musicians will be performing at various Super Bowl parties, a few actors are in town to promote their roles in Super Bowl commercials, and some NFL players are presumably there to see what they’re missing out on without a spot in the big game.
Here’s an updating list of celebrities who have been spotted in Atlanta during Super Bowl week. See anyone we missed? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While Maroon 5 did not take part in the traditional pre-Super Bowl press conference, there have been plenty of musical acts in town for the festivities. The Backstreet Boys are back — both on the promo scene in Atlanta prior to the Super Bowl, and in a Super Bowl commercial for Doritos. Beyond BSB, a number of artists have performed or are scheduled to perform at Super Bowl parties around the city, including 21 Savage, Diplo, Flo Rida, Jermaine Dupri, Lil Jon, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Metro Boomin, Migos, Snoop Dogg, and T-Pain. National anthem singer Gladys Knight also has been out and about, giving interviews about her upcoming performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Many famous faces have made their way down to Atlanta to help promote a Super Bowl commercial they’re a part of. Luke Wilson made requisite appearances for his Colgate Super Bowl ad, while Sarah Michelle Gellar chatted about her ad for Olay that was inspired by her role in “Scream.” Others spotted in the throngs of celebs included Nick Cannon, Kat Graham, Kevin Hart, Alyssa Milano, and JB Smoove.
Current and former NFL players
Plenty of former NFL greats either work in media, are called upon by the media to offer their expert takes on the Super Bowl, or are enlisted by brands to help advertise. Thus, former Super Bowl winners like Jerome Bettis, Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, and Hines Ward have been on hand, along with some former Patriots players like John Hannah, Rodney Harrison, and Rob Ninkovich. Several current NFLers — including a few that came up just short of earning a spot in the big game — also made appearances, including former Patriots receiver Danny Amendola, Giants running back Saquon Barkley, Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.
The Super Bowl parties can be enjoyed by more than just ex-NFL players. Onetime Celtics player and NBA great Shaquille O’Neal is throwing a party of his own on Friday night, with musical guests Diplo, Lil Jon, Migos, and T-Pain. Other non-NFLers to make appearances included NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick, former heavyweight boxer Evander Holyfield, and current WBC heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder.
Other famous faces
Among the many other names spotted around Atlanta at Super Bowl events were reality star Jenny McCarthy (who is married to Donnie Wahlberg), “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes, and televangelist Joel Osteen.