JERSEY CITY, New Jersey – When Fil-Am wide receiver Doug Baldwin scored a touchdown during the fourth quarter, that gave the Seattle Seahawks a 43-8 lead over the Denver Broncos, and sealed their victory at the 48th Super Bowl Championship in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday.
Baldwin is the first known professional football player of Filipino descent to make a touchdown in Super Bowl history.
Filipinos in Jersey City showed their support to the 25-year-old Seahawk.
“It was a sloppy loss against the Seahawks from the very start of the game,” Pinoy Super bowl fan Mike Urbino said. “You can already predict what will be the ending. I would say it has a lot to do with the defense of Broncos. Obviously from the start they’re not so well organized.”
Denver Broncos fan Scott Santos said, “I’m really happy for the Seahawks. But fans are disappointed.”
Baldwin waved the Filipino flag to show his love for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda before a game at the Century Link Field last November.
Baldwin’s grandmother is a Tacloban native. His mother is half-Filipino.
Meanwhile, Filipinos said Grammy winning artist Bruno Mars scored a touchdown for his high-powered live performance during the Super Bowl half-time show.
The Fil-Am pop singer lovingly dedicated the biggest performance of his life to his late Pinay mother Bernadette by putting her name in big letters on his drum set during the half time show.
Mars also offered his recent Grammy award to her as well.
“It was so exciting because Bruno Mars is one of my idols, especially since we’re in the music industry,” fan Kei Uchida Santos said. “That is one of his best performances.”
Another fan Tony Gado said: “Impeccable singing and high energy, and that’s what he delivered tonight; really perfect.”
Kababayans here call Doug Baldwin’s historic touchdown and Bruno Mars’ knock out performance a double victory for Filipinos in America.