by Steven Ertelt
February 1, 2008
Phoenix, AZ (LifeNews.com) — Long-time pro-life advocate Jordin Sparks will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday even though her pro football playing father never made it as a player. The honor comes just three months after the youngest "American Idol" winner released her debut album.
Sparks’ dad Phillippi Sparks played professional football for nine years but never made it to he big game.
"I said, ‘Dad, I’m singing at the Super Bowl,"’ Sparks told AP on Thursday. "He said, ‘At least one of us made it."’
Because her father spent all but one season playing for the New York Giants, Sparks plans to root for the team — which most sports experts say is a "giant" underdog to the favorite New England Patriots.
"There definitely is a tie with them," Sparks said. "I got to go for the underdogs."
The pro-life 18-year-old will now have a chance to shine in front of a national and worldwide audiences that some say will be the biggest in Super Bowl history.
The fact that she lives in nearby Glendale, Arizona makes it convenient for her to attend the game. And Arizona is where Spark got her start in the pro-life movement and first showcased her singing talents.
As LifeNews.com profiled last year, Sparks has repeatedly participated in pro-life conferences as a volunteer and singer.
She sang at Arizona’s Right to Life 2005 conference and attended the conference with Dr. Alveda King, the pro-life niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the keynote speaker at the event.
Sparks hasn’t been shy about her pro-life beliefs either.
She appears on Fox & Friends last year with Brian Kilmeade who asked her questions based on emails from viewers. Sparks was asked about a ring she wears on her wedding ring finger even though she is 17 year-old and unmarried.
She said, without hesitation, that it was her Purity Ring, and that it says she’s waiting until she is married, and saving herself for true love.
As she won the American Idol contest, the Internet was full of talk about a photo that appeared on Sparks’ personal Myspace page with her holding a sign from National Right to Life saying Stop Abortion Now.
In fact, those gigs at pro-life rallies are credited with getting a buzz about her and catching the eye of well-known Christian singer Michael W. Smith, with whom she performed.
Her singing in contemporary Christian circles won her enough praise that she won the Gospel Music Association Spotlight Award in 2004.