It's that time of year again. And even though our Giants, Jets, and Eagles didn't make it to the Super Bowl, we can still enjoy what is arguably one of the biggest sporting events of 2024.

For this year, Usher will be headlining the Super Bowl halftime spotlight, which is sure to be an epic show. But with such talent over the years performing in one of the country's biggest events, we have to ask when has New Jersey been represented during halftime?

It may surprise you, but the first bit of Jersey flare didn't occur until the '90s, and you might not have even been aware of it at the time. With that said, let's dive in.

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When has NJ first been represented during halftime in the Super Bowl?

Rusty Russell, Getty Images
Rusty Russell, Getty Images

Clint Black, 1994

One of the performers from the 1994 game was Clint Black. Now you may ask, how is Clint Black "Jersey"?

Well, he may have been raised in Texas, but Black was actually born in the Great Garden State. He was born in Long Branch and spent his first year of life living in Red Bank.

It might've been for a short time, but that doesn't change the fact that his roots began right here. A true Monmouth County native, even if it was brief.

Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Queen Latifah, 1998

Although Clint Black was the truly first prominent artist to perform for the big game with Jersey roots, it wasn't until four years later that a born-and-raised native made it out onto the field.

Born in Newark, Queen Latifah wowed the half-time stage with her performance from her 1998 album "Paper." Give it up to our Essex County native.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Savion Glover performs at ODC Theater on November 1, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for Revd)
Savion Glover performs at ODC Theater on November 1, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for Revd)

Savion Glover, 1999

1999 was another year for New Jersey to represent as another Jersey native, Savion Glover, got to perform for the big game. And to take it a step further, the same city got to be represented for two years in a row.

Savion Glover was also born in Newark on Nov. 19, 1973. All the more representation for Essex County and the Great Garden State.

American Football Field with Stadium Lights
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So there you have it. From the first half-time performance of the big game in 1967, it took 27 years (more than a quarter-century) for New Jersey to represent.

And even though none of the Jersey teams are playing this year (I don't care what they call themselves, they play in the Garden State), or our team on the other side of the Delaware River (I think it's fair to call them ours as well), it's still going to be a great game.

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The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 Sunday morning host Mike Brant. Any opinions expressed are his own.

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