INDIANAPOLIS – The Super Bowl holds a definite grip on the worldwide sporting landscape, and this Sunday’s contest between Seattle and Denver should mark the sixth straight year the event will draw more than 150 million viewers.
From Super Bowl I to XLVIII, the game has grown – from 39.9 million viewers to 164.1. With it have come “Notes, Quotes and Anecdotes” that entertain NFL fans everywhere.
NFL SUPER BOWL NOTES
Indianapolis was the 14th Super Bowl site when it hosted XLVI. MetLife Stadium in New Jersey now is the 15th Super Bowl site, and it will be the first outdoor Super Bowl held in a cold climate.
The Colts are 0-4 in Super Bowl coin tosses. The Colts lost Super Bowls III and XLIV when wearing blue jerseys. The Colts won Super Bowls V and XLI when wearing white jerseys.
The oldest individual Super Bowl game record belongs to a Colt. Tom Matte had a 10.5 rushing average in Super Bowl III against the New York Jets.
A total of 23 sets of brothers have appeared in Super Bowls. This includes Peyton and Eli Manning. The other Colts connection on the list is Bubba and Tody Smith.
A total of 14 father and son combinations have made the Super Bowl. This includes Emery (Chicago, Super Bowl XX) and Aaron (Colts, Super Bowl XLI) Moorehead. The Mooreheads won both times.
Kicker Matt Stover (XLIV) is the oldest player ever to appear in a Super Bowl. Stover was 42 years, 11 days. The only other players who appeared in Super Bowl after the age of 40 are Jeff Feagles (NY Giants, SB XLII), Mike Horan (St. Louis, XXXIV); George Blanda (Oakland, II) and Jerry Rice (Oakland, XXXVII). Rice is the only non-kicker of the group.
Quarterback Earl Morrall (1968) is the only Colt to win the Associated Press MVP/Most Outstanding Player Award and the Super Bowl/NFL Championship in the same season. The feat has been accomplished 13 times, most recently by Kurt Warner (St. Louis) in 1999.
SUPER BOWL – Quote/Unquote
“I played 13 years and I would trade 12 to not win it, but to experience playing in a Super Bowl.” – Dan Dierdorf, Pro Football Hall of Fame/CBS Sports
“The (Super Bowl) ring is the single most important thing in sports. It’s the best of all the world championship rings.” – Joe Theismann, Washington Redskins
“Forget about being the MVP, forget about being in the Pro Bowl. Those things are nice consolation prizes if you don’t get a Super Bowl ring.” – Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh Steelers
SUPER BOWL XLVIII – Quote/Unquote
Pete Carroll (on what Russell Wilson’s success has done for shorter quarterbacks in college and the NFL)
“I think without question that Russell has at least turned some heads. For the other guys and all the guys who have played before him who didn’t quite get the chance for that same kind of stigma, he has opened up the door. It’s exciting to see that that’s happened because there are a lot of marvelous athletes, and we’re seeing it right now. Johnny (Manziel) is an incredible athlete that might not have been considered as highly before Russell had all this success. It’s kind of silly that it had to happen this way because the right thing is to get the best players out there to play and whatever the results show, that basis is the basis for your opinions of guys. Unfortunately that hasn’t happened, but I’m really grateful that we’ve figured that out with Russell. He just kept being Russell and he showed us what he was all about. So I think it has had an impact.”
Russell Wilson (on what he takes from Drew Brees’ small stature)
“Well, Drew Brees was a guy that I looked up to ever since my dad really told me about him, back when I was in middle school and high school, ‘Hey you have to watch this guy at Purdue, or you have to watch this guy play.’ When I went to college and I got to NC State, I started watching some film on him a little bit and when I went to Wisconsin, that’s when I really started watching him. I watched every single throw that he made the year before in the National Football League. Just studying his craft, studying his game. I’ve read his book several times, and he’s just great inspiration. He’s a guy that does things right, a guy that is a great leader and he’s so poised in big situations. That’s the thing you notice about him. We’ve been in communication over the past week, just about the experience. Like I said, he knows I look up to him. He’s a great individual and he was just talking about the experience and it’s no different. The biggest thing is taking care of all tickets and taking care of all family early in the week last week, which I was able to do last Monday and just focus on the game.
John Fox (on the Super Bowl being played in cold weather, and if strategy is at all affected) “Well, obviously the elements are something that’s a part of strategy. First of all, I spent five years with the Giants, so I understand the weather even though the weather has changed a little bit. I think in order to be a championship football team we’ve got to be weatherproof, and I think our football team played in all different elements this year. I feel comfortable with where we’re at as far as the elements, but it’s a part of the game. I think tradition-wise, it’s been a part of the league and a part of a lot of championships.”
John Fox (on what he thinks about the No. 1 offense in the league going up against the No. 1 defense)
“I think for the fans it’s an incredible matchup. Watching them and knowing Pete Carroll for many years, I’ve got the utmost respect. They’ve done a lot, the Seahawks, in a short period of time. I think it’s a tribute to their personnel people. Their whole team has done a heck of a job. Some people picked that way early in the season. For them to go through the late part of the season, crunch time, and be the No. 1 seed and fight through a tough division and tough conference and finish No. 1 in defense in just about every important category. And then on our side, being the No. 1 seed; I’m not sure exactly when that matchup has last happened, but I know it hasn’t been real recent. It should be a tremendous matchup, and it’s one we’re very excited about.”