Posted: Feb 1, 2013 11:07 AM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Feb 1, 2013 11:17 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Big Easy is packed with celebrities and talk show sets, leading up to Sunday's big game.
Today, in the heart of Jackson Square, stands the set for Good Morning America, with special guests including Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Tim McGraw, Emeril Lagasse and GMA hosts Sam Champion and Josh Elliott.
Lagasse, who's been with GMA for 14 years, says he's happy to see everyone in town for the Super Bowl.
"Living in New Orleans and seeing the buildup of this, the whole week has just been a gigantic buildup whether I'm in the restaurant or walking on the street, it's incredible," said Lagasse.
For pro football players like Emmitt Smith, it's easy to pick a winner for Sunday's game.
"I'm going with the San Francisco 49ers, I think Colin Kaepernick is a dynamic quarterback, the way they handle their offense, with Frank Gore, and the balance that they can create, I think it presents a challenge for the Baltimore Ravens," said Smith.
Halfway through the show, Robin Roberts made a guest appearance. Roberts, who has been recovering from a bone marrow transplant, has been away from her GMA spot since September, 2012.
"Every bit of tape you guys see of us, bringing her in, and her first look back, in New Orleans, is so emotionally charged for her," said Champion. "It's a wonderful goal."