Stars — they’re nothing like us. Except some of them, like many of us, will tune in this weekend to watch the Kansas City Chiefs face the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl. (You can find all of our coverage of the event here.) Stars — they’re occasionally like us!
But which stars, you might be asking yourself. While some famous fans have been very vocal about their loyalties — President Biden and Jill Biden, for example, have not exactly been shy about their love of the Eagles — there are others you might not know for their football obsessions. Here’s a quick rundown of just a few of the celebrities likely to be cheering on their favorite teams this weekend.
The Kansas City Chiefs
Jason Sudeikis brought his hometown pride to his Apple TV+ show “Ted Lasso”: Ted loves all things Kansas City. “I don’t think I’m the one that put it on the map,” Mr. Sudeikis said of the city at last year’s Emmy Awards. “I think the Royals and the Chiefs and Charlie Parker and Janelle Monáe and Don Cheadle and many, many other artists and people far greater than myself have added to that knowledge.”
Rudd in a red hat, a gray hoodie and a black puffer coat, smiling.
Paul Rudd, who grew up in Kansas, has cheered on the team at the Super Bowl in the past.Credit…Jamie Squire/Getty Images
“I’m hoping that I can see it in person, although watching that game is very stressful,” the “Ant-Man” actor Paul Rudd said of this year’s Super Bowl, in an interview with People magazine. Mr. Rudd, whose family moved to Kansas when he was a child, was at the Super Bowl in 2020 cheering the Chiefs to victory. More specifically, Vulture described his reaction to the team’s win as “joy personified.”
Eric Stonestreet, who starred in the sitcom “Modern Family,” makes no secret of his fondness for his hometown team. He’s been a fan since childhood. “I don’t know what it is about me as a grown man that anyone that straps on the Chiefs helmet, the Chiefs uniform, I’m a fan of,” Mr. Stonestreet said in an interview last year. “It’s weird that it’s so generational. It doesn’t matter. I’ve been a Joe Delaney fan and now I’m a Jerick McKinnon fan. I don’t know why that is, but I think it’s because of the game.”
The actor Henry Winkler has tweeted multiple times about the quarterback Patrick Mahomes. In an interview in December, he said of Mahomes’s playing style: “He’s so locked in on, ‘How am I going to get to the end zone? Hmm. There are those big guys over there, I think I’ll go over here.’ And then — boom — like a cobra.” Mr. Winkler even voiced a promotional video for the team in January.
Brad Pitt, who grew up in Missouri, sported a hat on the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2020, the same day the team beat the Tennessee Titans in the A.F.C. championship game. (For what it’s worth: He didn’t bring the hat himself. Fans tossed it to the actor, who smiled, put it on and flashed a thumbs-up in a video posted to Instagram.)
The British actor Henry Cavill decided to become a fan after portraying Superman, who grew up in Kansas. Mr. Cavill discussed his fandom in a 2019 appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” “I spent a lot of time over here, obviously, and I’d been watching American football and I started to like the sport and I realized I had to choose a team,” he said. “I figured the one thing which won’t ever change in my life is the Superman aspect of it. I figured Superman is from Kansas. The Chiefs. People in Kansas support the Chiefs. It just all added up for me.” Mr. Kimmel told him the decision was “weird.”
The Philadelphia Eagles
One need only watch Quinta Brunson’s show “Abbott Elementary” to know where her football allegiances lie. Or read her tweets. Or follow her on Instagram. Ms. Brunson, a Philadelphia native, was spotted in the stands at an Eagles game in September, wearing a jersey.
President Biden and Jill Biden
Mr. Biden, who cheered on the Eagles with his family at the 2018 Super Bowl, made a joke about the upcoming game during his State of the Union address this week.
“By the way, Chief Justice, I may need a court order,” President Biden said, referring to his wife, Jill Biden. “She gets to go to the game next week.” (Mr. Biden joked that he had to stay home to work.) “It’s a special night for this Philly girl — I get to cheer on my Eagles alongside these brave cancer survivors and their families,” Dr. Biden tweeted after attending an Eagles game earlier in the season as part of a cancer awareness initiative.
The pop star Pink tweeted her support of the Eagles using 40 exclamation marks after the team won the N.F.C. championship game in January. “BRING IT HOME,” she wrote. Pink also sang the national anthem at the 2018 Super Bowl, where the Eagles defeated the Patriots.