Steelers 27, Cardinals 23 had it all, and especially a dramatic ending, and huge emotional swings.
Where does Super Bowl XLIII compare with the other great Super Bowl games?
I was able to visit with Steelers 13-year veteran punter Mitch Berger after the game, and the Tyler Junior College-ex increases the streak of Apaches winning a ring to three.
Super Bowl XLIII (Mitch Berger, Punter, Steelers)
Super Bowl XLII (Michael Johnson, S, NY Giants)
Super Bowl XLI (Dominic Rhodes, RB, Colts)
Berger told me, “I’ve waited 13-years for this moment, and I’m so proud to be involved in a championship,” and when he was reminded of the TJC Lombardi Streak, Berger said, “That’s because Tyler Junior College is a powerhouse man!”
The Steelers now lead the NFL in Lombardi Trophies with six (6), after a stirring, and thrilling, 27-23 victory against the Arizona Cardinals.
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I don’t have a dog in this fight, but I do think pedigree is important, and although the Cardinals are playing very well, I’ll predict a Steelers sixth Lombardi Award, 26-17.
But what do I know?
I predicted Cowboys-Chargers to be here.
Once called the “Fastest Man in the World,” Bob Hayes was very slow to enter into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But on January 31 in Tampa, one day before Super Bowl XLIII, he did it.
Hayes joined guard Randall McDaniel, defensive end Bruce Smith, linebacker Derrick Thomas, owner Ralph Wilson and defensive back Rod Woodson in the six-man Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2009. The class was elected by the Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee who met today in Tampa, Florida, site of tomorrow’s Super Bowl XLIII.
Bob Hayes played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1965 to 1974. He finished his career with one season in 1975 for the San Francisco 49ers. He was the first receiver in Dallas franchise history to surpass 1,000 total yards receiving, doing so in his rookie season. Hayes finished his career with 371 receptions for 7,414 yards and 71 touchdowns. His average of 20 yards per catch for the Cowboys stands untouched by those that followed him. In his career in Dallas, he earned 10 regular season receiving records, four punt return records and 12 overall franchise marks, making him one of the greatest players in Dallas Cowboys history.
Hayes won two Olympic Gold medals in the 1964 Tokyo summer games and was instrumental in Dallas’s first Super Bowl win in 1971, making him the only athlete to have ever earned Olympic Gold medals and a Super Bowl ring.
Hayes died at age 59 in September 2002 in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. He will be formally inducted at an enshrinement ceremony in August at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
The Super Bowl is so much more than a game. Many say the game is actually an afterthought. The Super Bowl is a sales and revenue machine. If you don’t believe it, just visit the NFL Experience, the small city that always forms just outside the stadium at every Super Bowl.
Bill Coates reports from Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa.
Matthew Stafford left a little history in Tyler. In 2005′s State 4-A championship, he led the Highland Park Scots of Dallas to a 59 -0 rout of the Marshall Mavericks. Thirty nine games at the University of Georgia later — including 28 touchdown passes in 2008, a school record — he is expected to go first in the NFL draft in April ’09.
KTBB’s Bill Coates caught up with Matthew on Radio Row on Friday at Super Bowl XLIII.
The Cowboys are in the longest post-season drought in the club’s 48 year history. We talked with NFL greats including Joe Montana, Roger Staubach, Michael Irvin and others about why the Cowboys haven’t been able to get it done in post-season play.
He played in five Super Bowls and won two of them. And he’s a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Roger Staubach, who played for the Cowboys from 1969 to 1979, talked with David Smoak in the Super Bowl Media Center in Tampa.
Radio Row as a part of major media events was born at Super Bowl XXVII in Los Angeles. David Smoak and KTBB were there then. We’re here at Super Bowl XLIII now.
David Smoak shares his thoughts on the evolution of Radio Row.