When football comes to the forefront, we all want to know why, but many athletes are reluctant to talk about it.
I remember the first time I watched a football game, the feeling of being transported back to the glory days of the sport was intoxicating.
Nowadays, it’s often a story of two teams, one going on a winning streak, the other struggling.
But in the old days, when a team won the Super Bowl, it wasn’t just about winning a title; it was about winning the championship.
It was about how much better we could be as a team.
How much better our players could be in the future.
The best thing about the sport is the players themselves.
They make the game exciting.
They do it at a high level, and that’s why we love football.
They are our greatest ambassadors.
I’m not talking about superstars; I’m talking about players who are just as good as any other player on the field.
But they have the same passion and they do it with the same level of dedication.
You can tell they want to win.
I mean, there’s a reason the NFL has been the world’s premier sporting organization for over 50 years.
They just need to embrace the game and embrace what makes it special.
The way I see it, the NFL is the best job in the world for an athlete to do.
It’s a fantastic job, because there are so many things that athletes do on the job that we just don’t have the time to talk to them about.
Here are a few of my favorite stories that illustrate this.1.
Ray Lewis, Super Bowl XLVIII, 2006, NFC Championship gameA few years ago, Ray Lewis was a free agent running back for the Minnesota Vikings.
After spending three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lewis signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2006.
It didn’t take long for Lewis to become a household name.
He was a big part of the team’s Super Bowl victory.
He scored a touchdown on a third-and-4 with the Patriots trailing by a touchdown with less than three minutes to play.
He went over to the right of the end zone to catch a pass in the endzone.
After the game, Lewis thanked his teammates, including quarterback Peyton Manning, for all the hard work they put in for him.
I think if he had said anything to anybody after the game about anything, he would have been fired.
I feel like I owe a lot to Peyton.
You could see how much he cared about Ray Lewis.
He’s a guy that you could go out and play against any day of the week.2.
Deion Sanders, Superbowl XLV, 2007, NFC title gameA year after he left the New England Patriots, Deion was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as a free agency signing.
He started his career with the Seattle SuperBowl team in 2006, where he scored two touchdowns in his first game as a Seahawk.
After that, he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an unrestricted free agent.
Sanders had some strong seasons in Pittsburgh, finishing his career as the franchise leader in rushing with 1,933 yards.
He helped lead the Steelers to a Super Bowl championship in 2007.3.
Steve Smith, Superbowl XXXI, 2008, NFC championship gameOne of the most memorable moments of the Superbowl was the one that saw Steve Smith’s head go flying.
The New England fans were celebrating after the Patriots had defeated the Dallas Cowboys.
Steve got hit hard in the face by a pass from Tony Romo and landed hard on the ground, the resulting concussion having a huge effect on him for the rest of his career.
I was standing on the sidelines, watching the game.
I thought, Wow, that guy was down for the count.
He looked so fine.
I got a text from Steve saying, Hey, we got to get this guy out of here.
I looked over at the helmet of the player that was trying to hold him up.
I told my husband, What in the hell?
He’s got his helmet on.
I just remember the look on his face and his face going, Dude, dude, dude.
I turned around and started walking toward the locker room.
I couldn’t believe how big he was.
He had the biggest helmet in the NFL.
I went down to the locker rooms, and the other players were cheering him on.
You know, the players, they just wanted him to be OK.4.
Michael Irvin, Supercompletion in Super Bowl XXV, 2009, NFC win over Arizona Cardinals, NFC Super Bowl winOver the course of his professional career, Michael Irvins accomplishments have always been in the realm of greatness.
He won a Superbowl with the New York Giants in 2001 and was named the NFL’s MVP in 2009.
But what he has done in his eight-year NFL career has never been matched. In