With the month of February coming to a close, we have a chance to look back on the biggest sporting event to hit the tri-state area in years — Super Bowl 48.
I had the good fortune to sit down with Mr. Alfred F. Kelly Jr., who is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the NY/NJ Super Bowl 48 host committee at the WVOX studios in New Rochelle NY.
Here’s a look at the man’s bio courtesy of the Super Bowl 48 host committee site: Alfred F. Kelly Jr.
Back in May of 2010, when the New York/New Jersey region was awarded Super Bowl 48, Kelly Jr. was brought hired by the Johnson family as well as the Mara/Tisch families.
“They were trying to figure out where do they go from here,” Kelly Jr said. “They decided they needed a local executive to run the whole thing. They hired a search firm who came to me a couple of times. I didn’t know a job like this existed and I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it. Ultimately it was John Tisch (Giants co-owner) convinced me to come talk to all of them.
“We almost instantaneously had a common view of how great this could be for the region. We had some great chemistry amongst us. I thought it would be a fun way to spend three years.”
As a guy who was originally from the Yonkers area and currently residing in Harrison, he knew having the game here would be a great thing for the region.
“I’ve worked in Manhattan, I’ve spent time in New Jersey, grew up in Westchester,” Kelly Jr said. “The fact that it was America’s greatest game played in this region certainly was a wonderful opportunity.”
Tisch and Jets general manager Woody Johnson were the co-chair of the Super Bowl Host Committee.
“Those two gentlemen were involved the whole way,” Kelly Jr. said. “As we got closer to the game, John Mara and Steve Tisch played roles and were involved with different things. Woody Johnson and John Tisch were extraordinarily active and were a real pleasure to work with.”