Here are the 54 most interesting people to keep an eye on this Super Bowl Sunday battle between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers:
1. Patrick Mahomes: The 24-year-old has electrified stadiums with his arm and legs, backing up his 2018 MVP season by bringing the Chiefs to their first Super Bowl in 50 years.
2. Tyrann Mathieu: The Honey Badger is a big personality off the field, but the safety has been a huge addition to the Chiefs defense after signing there last offseason.
3. Tyreek Hill: Less than a year after he was embroiled in a controversy over allegedly abusing his 3-year-old son, the speedy wide receiver is back on the big stage.
4. Travis Kelce: The tight end has been a monster as Mahomes’ favorite target, combining speed and physicality to cut through defenses at will.
5. Terrell Suggs: The veteran linebacker latched on with the Chiefs in Week 16 after getting waived by the Cardinals. He won a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2013.
6. Damien Williams: The undrafted free agent has settled into the top running back role for the Chiefs and can change a game as a pass-catcher as well.
7. Sammy Watkins: The former Bills wide receiver has game-breaking speed and is coming off a big AFC Championship, in which he caught seven passes for 114 yards and a touchdown.
8. Chris Jones: The 6-foot-6, 310-pound defensive tackle missed the Chiefs’ AFC division-round game against the Texans with a calf injury but should be a healthy force against the 49ers.
9. Frank Clark: The former Seahawks pass-rusher has been just as disruptive for the Chiefs, racking up eight sacks in the regular season and four more in the playoffs.
10. Harrison Butker: The 24-year-old Chiefs kicker has provided one of the most dependable legs since he broke into the NFL, making 89.7percent of his field goals with a long of 56.
11. Jimmy Garoppolo: The former heir to Tom Brady is back in the Super Bowl. This time, Jimmy GQ is the starter and only a season removed from tearing his ACL.
12. George Kittle: Brady had Rob Gronkowski, now Garoppolo has Kittle. The entertaining tight end has been quiet in the playoffs but has become one of the best at his position.
13. Nick Bosa: The No. 2-overall pick in last April’s draft stepped right into the 49ers defense and instantly made an impact. The pass-rusher had nine regular-season sacks and has three in the playoffs.
14. Richard Sherman: The outspoken cornerback has reinvigorated his career with the 49ers just two years after rupturing his Achilles tendon. Sherman already has one Super Bowl ring as a Seahawk.
15. Raheem Mostert: Before the NFC Championship, he was largely an unknown running back who had been cut by six teams. Then he popped off for 220 yards and four TDs against the Packers.
16. Deebo Samuel: The rookie wide receiver out of South Carolina has quickly made a name for himself, hauling in 57 catches for 802 yards and three touchdowns.
17. Emmanuel Sanders: The veteran wideout, who won a Super Bowl with the Broncos, has been a big target since coming over to the 49ers in a midseason trade
18. Dee Ford: A year after costing the Chiefs a trip to the Super Bowl because he lined up offsides, Ford will try to beat them on purpose this year as a 49ers pass rusher.
19. Fred Warner: The 49ers linebacker has been a tackling machine, racking up a team-high 118 tackles in the regular season to go with three forced fumbles and seven tackles for loss.
20. Robbie Gould: His 15th season in the NFL was his worst statistically, making 74.2 percent of his field goals and going 0-for-4 from 50-plus yards. He’s been perfect in the playoffs, though.
21. Joe Staley: The offensive tackle, who has spent all 13 seasons of his NFL career with the 49ers, bounced back from breaking his leg in Week 2.
22. Kyle Juszczyk: The fullback won’t light up the stat sheet, but the Harvard product will be dangerous and everywhere as the 49ers’ Swiss Army knife.
23. Andy Reid: Big Red has been one of the more successful NFL head coaches of this century but doesn’t have a ring to show for it. He’ll get a second shot at one Sunday with the Chiefs.
24. Kyle Shanahan: The offensive whiz kid is in his third year coaching the 49ers, at the age of 40. He was the Falcons’ offensive coordinator in 2015 when they choked away a 28-3 lead over the Patriots.
25. John Lynch: The former All-Pro safety won a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers but will try to get his first as an executive after becoming the 49ers’ general manager in 2017.
26. Clark Hunt: The Chiefs’ chairman and CEO got his hands on the trophy named for his dad, Lamar Hunt, after winning the AFC championship.
27. Robert Saleh: The 49ers’ defensive coordinator was not picked for any head coaching jobs this cycle but figures to be a prime candidate next year after guiding one of the NFL’s top units.
28. Steve Spagnuolo: The former Giants defensive coordinator is back in the Super Bowl 12 years after helping Big Blue tame the high-flying Patriots offense for the upset.
29. Eric Bieniemy: The Chiefs’ offensive coordinator interviewed for head coaching jobs but was turned down, despite guiding one of the NFL’s most prolific offenses,
30. Katie Sowers: Sowers will become the first female ever to coach in the Super Bowl, with the 33-year-old serving as an offensive assistant for the 49ers.
31. Wes Welker: The former Patriots wide receiver is 0-for-3 in Super Bowls — twice as a Pat against the Giants and once as a Bronco — but he’s back as the 49ers’ wide receivers coach.
32. Jed York: The CEO of the 49ers is just 39 years old and the son of co-owners John York and Denise DeBartolo York. He was named team president in 2008 at the age of 28.
33. Joe Buck: Fox’s top play-by-play man will be on the call for his sixth Super Bowl after doing his first in 2005. He’s also called the past 20 World Series.
34. Troy Aikman: The former Cowboys quarterback, who won three Super Bowls in his 12-year career, has been in the booth with Buck since 2002.
35. Erin Andrews: Fox’s sideline reporter joined the Super Bowl crew in 2014 and will be on hand for her third on Sunday.
36. Mike Pereira: The former vice president of officiating for the NFL joined Fox in 2010 as a rules analyst.
37. Chris Myers: Joining Andrews as a sideline reporter, Myers has been with Fox since 2003 and will be working his fifth Super Bowl.
38. Jennifer Lopez: The powerful Bronx native, hip-hop star and actress, who is engaged to former Yankee Alex Rodriguez, will appear in her first Super Bowl halftime show.
39. Shakira: The other half of the halftime show. The pop star has won three Grammy awards and is one of the most popular Latin artists.
40. Demi Lovato: The two-time Grammy nominated pop star, coming back from a near-fatal overdose in 2018, will be analyzed by prop betters before she sings the national anthem.
41. Mike Shanahan: The father of 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan won three Super Bowls of his own — two as coach of the Broncos and one as the 49ers’ offensive coordinator, the franchise’s last title in 1994.
42. Tavia Hunt: The wife of Chiefs owner Clark Hunt. She was a former Miss Missouri Teen USA and Miss Kansas USA.
43. Patrick Mahomes Sr.: The former Mets reliever is now a proud dad watching his son quarterback the Chiefs to the Super Bowl.
44. Brittany Matthews: Patrick Mahomes’ girlfriend and high-school sweetheart since the 10th grade. Matthews played professional soccer in Iceland after college.
45. Roger Goodell: The commissioner enters this Super Bowl less mired in controversy than in recent years, but it would only take one botched pass interference replay review to change that.
46. Joe Montana: The Hall of Fame quarterback won four Super Bowls with the 49ers — and was MVP in three of them — before playing the final two years of his career with the Chiefs.
47. Dan Marino: The Super Bowl is invading Miami, where Marino spent all 17 years of his Hall of Fame career with the Dolphins. The only time he got to the Super Bowl, he lost to the 49ers.
48. Jerry Rice: The greatest wide receiver of all time won three Super Bowls as a member of the 49ers and pumped up their crowd before the NFC Championship by running a 100-yard sprint.
49. Steve Young: Another three-time Super Bowl champ, Young was the MVP of the game the most recent time the 49ers won it following the 1994 season.
50. Bill Vinovich: All eyes will be on Vinovich, the head referee for his second Super Bowl. He’s best known for his crew’s non-call on a blatant pass interference in the Saints-Rams NFC Championship last year.
51. Alex Rodriguez: What’s a big game in Miami without A-Rod? He will surely be on hand to watch his fiancée Jennifer Lopez perform the halftime show.
52. Brad Pitt: The actor was raised in Missouri and recently donned a Chiefs hat while on the carpet for the SAG Awards.
53. Paul Rudd: Another actor who wears his Chiefs fandom on his sleeve, Rudd was in attendance for the AFC Championship and celebrated on the field with players like Travis Kelce.
54. Sylvester Stallone/Chris Rock: Rocky and Rock have teamed up for a Facebook ad, the company’s first spot during the Super Bowl.