The Super Bowl is one of the biggest sporting events in the world,

The grand finale of American football holds the record for the most-watched broadcast in America.

As the Philadelphia Eagles take on the New England Patriots, a Māori player is right in the thick of it.

Halapoulivaati Vaitai is a descendant of Ngāpuhi and he is an offensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles and will be the second ever Māori to play in a Super Bowl.

Riki Ellison was the first and played and won three Super Bowls with the Minnesota Vikings, who also happened to be the team the Eagles beat to make it to the Super Bowl.

Vaitai was drafted by the Eagles two years ago, and despite playing seven games last year, he has been an integral part of the Eagles run to the Bowl, standing in for future Hall of Famer Jason Peters.

As an offensive lineman, his main job is to protect the quarterback.

They have a big challenge ahead of them; the Eagles have never won a Super Bowl and they are up against Tom Brady, regarded as one of the greatest to play.

Super Bowl 52 kicks off on Monday; it is there we will see if this Māori can reach the pinnacle of NFL success.