On Super Bowl Sunday, don’t forget to honor the memory of Jack Pearson

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On Super Bowl Sunday, don’t forget to honor the memory of Jack Pearson

The Big Game is almost here, but for This Is Us fans everywhere Super Bowl Sunday is known as The Big Cry.

Ever since the NBC drama revealed the tragic death of America’s TV dad, Jack Pearson, in a “Super Bowl Sunday” episode that rudely aired immediately after the game in 2018, the day has had somewhat of a dark cloud over it. Sure, Super Bowl Sunday is still a day of food, fun, and games, but now each year marks an anniversary of sad firsts.

It marks the time we saw the Pearson family home engulfed in flames from a slow cooker fire, Jack die of cardiac arrest brought on by smoke inhalation, Rebecca grief-eat a Mars bar in the hospital before breaking down in tears, and a whole bunch of other NOPE moments.

So this Super Bowl Sunday, since there’s no heartbreaking This Is Us episode to remind us, we came up with a few ways you can honor the memory of Jack Pearson.

To start, no matter which teams are playing, the head of the Pearson family would have wanted us all to gather round and watch the game with loved ones. So call your friends, family, and favorite co-workers over for a Super Bowl bash. 

If you’re not a Patriots or Rams fan, consider wearing a Steelers jersey to the party as a nod to Jack’s favorite team. And if that’s too dramatic for you, just opt for a plaid shirt, because he loved to rock those, too.

We all know that Jack Pearson met his early demise as a result of forgetting to unplug his old, faulty slow cooker when he cleaned up the Super Bowl snacks in the kitchen before going to bed. So it’s important be mindful when engaging in sensitive slow cooker-related convos on the big day. For those who are still grieving, we’ve compiled a few delicious recipes that don’t require slow cookers.

Before the big game, you might consider re-watching the episode in Jack’s honor. That’s very nice, but it’s very sad, so perhaps just watch that first Super Bowl fire scene. That scene is also incredibly sad though, so perhaps just listen to “To Build A Home” by The Cinematic Orchestra and pregame the Big Game with another Big Cry.

In wake of that devastating Super Bowl episode, Milo Ventimiglia (who plays Jack) and other This Is Us cast members rallied to support Crock Pots and slow cookers everywhere, reminding the world that not all of them have faulty switches and will spontaneously combust. And much like the cast members, if Jack Pearson were alive right now I’ll bet he’d say something encouragingly profound like, “Never let the fear of slow cooker fires keep you from enjoying the game.”

So carry on with your slow cooking, and enjoy your chili and delicious dips, but please, do not forget to unplug the slow cooker when the game’s over. Unplug it for your own safety, of course, but also do it for Jack.

If you recall, the Pearson family also forgot to replace the batteries in their smoke detector, which is why it took so long for them to realize the house was on fire that night. So if you haven’t changed your smoke detector batteries in a while, Super Bowl Sunday is the perfect time to do so.

Ventimiglia shared a slew of other fire safety tips with us back in 2018, which you can review before the football game. But after that, kick back, relax, and enjoy the game for Jack.

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