George Toma, the man known as the “Sultan of Sod,” has been a constant presence on the sidelines during every single Super Bowl. This year, as the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles take the field for Super Bowl 57, Toma, who just celebrated his 94th birthday, hinted that this could be his final game.
A Kansas City treasure I’m grateful to call my friend. George Toma. Master groundskeeper for every #SuperBowl since the first one. @Chiefs #Arizona @kmbc pic.twitter.com/OEBT4biPU9
— Lara Moritz KMBC (@LaraMoritzKMBC) February 4, 2023
Who is George Toma?
George Toma is a living legend in the world of sports turf management. He has been the head groundskeeper for some of the biggest sporting events in the country, including every single Super Bowl in the game’s history. Born in 1929, Toma has spent over seven decades working in the industry, and his expertise and dedication have earned him a reputation as the “Sultan of Sod.”
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Toma got his start in the sports turf business in the 1950s, and since then, he has been responsible for maintaining the fields for numerous major league baseball, NFL, and NCAA football teams. He is widely regarded as one of the most knowledgeable and skilled groundskeepers in the industry, and his work has been instrumental in ensuring that the fields at these sporting events are safe and playable for athletes.
SFMA Founder, George Toma celebrated his 94th birthday yesterday preparing for his 57th (!!) Super Bowl.
📷: Jim Steeg / Twitter pic.twitter.com/v7Z5VKjWOo
— SFMA (@FieldExperts) February 3, 2023
Toma’s dedication to his craft is unmatched, and he has been known to work around the clock to ensure that the fields are in the best possible condition for the athletes. Despite his age, he still works tirelessly to prepare the fields for each Super Bowl, and his commitment to excellence is a testament to his passion for the sport and his love of the game. In addition to his work on the field, Toma has also been a mentor to many aspiring groundskeepers, and he has helped to train and develop the next generation of turf management professionals.
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He is a true icon in the industry, and his legacy will continue to inspire and influence the field for many years to come. George Toma is a true visionary in the world of sports turf management. His dedication, expertise, and passion have made him an integral part of the Super Bowl and a revered figure in the industry.