Osi Umenyiora is one of only three British-born players to win a Super Bowl – in Umenyiora’s case, two Super Bowls (XLI, XLVI.) A high school and college friend of Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware, Osi talks about his journey from birth in London, to childhood in Nigeria, to starting football at the advanced age of 16 to winding up on the winning side of two Super Bowls.
“Now that I’m older, I do think I’m the greatest receiver to ever do it,” said San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss to those assembled for Media Day at Super Bowl XLVII. It’s the quote of the week. Particularly since former 49er Jerry Rice has what many believe is a superior claim to that title. Aside from being a 2010 inductee into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame, Rice was named the #1 NFL Player of All Time by NFL.com. Bill Coates was able to catch Jerry Rice for a very fast couple of minutes on Radio Row and he asked Jerry to respond to Randy Moss’s claim. Listen to Rice’s response
If any other woman on Earth knows what it’s like for Jackie Harbaugh, the mother of 49’ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Ravens coach John Harbaugh, it’s Olivia Manning. Her husband, Archie, was quarterback of the Super Bowl XLVII hometown New Orleans Saints in the 1970s. Her sons Peyton and Eli are both quarterbacks in the NFL, Peyton for the Denver Broncos and Eli for the New York Giants. Peyton earned a Super Bowl ring in Super Bowl XLI in 2006, leading the Indianapolis Colts to a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears. The next year, his brother Eli won a Super Bowl ring quarterbacking the Giants to a 17-14 win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Eli won another Super Bowl ring in 2011 in a 21-17 victory over the Patriots again in Super Bowl XLVI, this time in his brother’s former home stadium in Indianapolis. The Manning brothers have faced one another on the field before and will again to start the 2013 season. So it’s not for nothing that mother Olivia Manning is called the “First Lady of Football.”
In twelve seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, Emmitt Smith earned three Super Bowl rings, six All-Pro designations, eight Pro Bowl appearances and three NFL career records including career yards rushing (18,355), career rushing touchdowns (164) and career 100-yard rushing games (78). In his first year of eligibility in 2010, he was inducted into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame. Emmitt Smith joined Bill Coates on Radio Row to talk about his battle with gout, the experience of playing in a Super Bowl and, of course, why the Cowboys haven’t been to a Super Bowl since he was on the roster.
New Orleans has been through a lot in its history. One of the events that stands out is the BP oil spill of 2010. Many feared that the vitally important seafood industry in Louisiana would suffer irreparable harm. But not so, says the Louisiana Seafood Promotion Board. And to prove it, they made a 47-foot seafood Po’ Boy sandwich in honor of Super Bowl XLVII.
In Super Bowl XXXVI, Adam Vinatieri kicked a 48-yard field goal on the last play of the game against the St. Louis Rams to give the New England Patriots their first Super Bowl win. He talks about that moment and the fact that there are very few placekickers in the NFL Hall of Fame.
At one time, media access to the players at a Super Bowl was as simple as going to the team hotel and hanging out at the pool. But with thousands of media covering today’s Super Bowls, no hotel could handle it. Thus, there is the Super Bowl phenomenon known as Media Day.