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Irsay, Mathis, Vinatieri Looking Forward To Super Bowl XLI Reunion

Intro: A couple of rather significant Colts are still donning the Horseshoe 10 years after the team captured Super Bowl XLI. Here is Robert Mathis and Adam Vinatieri chatting about a busy weekend coming for the duo.


INDIANAPOLIS – The main business of the weekend comes Sunday at 1:00 p.m. for Robert Mathis and Adam Vinatieri.

But Mathis and Vinatieri are especially deserving in the recognition that will be going on during halftime of Sunday's meeting between the Colts and Titans.

Mathis and Vinatieri are the lone holdovers still around from the Colts' 2006 Super Bowl XLI team.

The 10-year Super Bowl anniversary for the Colts will take place this weekend.

"It's hard to believe it's been 10 years," Owner Jim Irsay said last week of the 2006 team reuniting this weekend and being honored Sunday at halftime.

"I know Peyton (Manning) is looking forward to coming in. Peyton and Reggie (Wayne) and a lot of the guys. It will just be a thrill. It's so exciting. It was a very close team. And we are just so thrilled that we are going to get everyone together and we are going to have some great laughs and some great memories. And we are going to celebrate it."[

Many of the team's headline players]('s-Game/08a1adfa-f2d9-4acb-8517-f10ca0e3d189) are expected to be in attendance this weekend.

Last week, Mathis and Vinatieri shared their thoughts on that historic run in 2006.

Mathis on the reunion:

"Just to have all the gang back in town will be great. I'll try not to shed a tear. It was just a special team and it was a great point in my life. We weren't exactly a sexy pick going into the playoffs so we had to lean on each other. We had to rely on the brother next to you. We were all we had and we were all we (needed). We used that as a rallying cry and took that with us all the way."

Mathis on what made that 2006 Super Bowl team so special:

"Just galvanized. Basically it was our time and just followed our leader Tony Dungy at the time. He drove the point home that it was our time and stayed the course. Faith is a powerful thing when you believe you can get things accomplished."

Mathis on getting over the hump in the AFC Championship game of beating the Patriots:

"For me personally, the AFC Championship felt better than the Super Bowl. That's just my opinion, because there were a lot of demons you had to exercise. New England, getting over that hump. Playing in the elements in the Super Bowl, rain elements, that hump. Can't stop the run the whole playoff stretch, that hump. It was just demon after demon, exercise after exercise. Everything they said we couldn't do we did to win the championship so that was fulfilling in itself."

Vinatieri on what made that 2006 team so special:

"That 2006 team was awesome for a lot of reasons. We had a lot of good players, but we had guys that worked hard. It's going to be a great week.

"Obviously Robert and I won't get to partake in many of the festivities that Friday night or Saturday night dinner before. It will be fun to be around. I'm looking forward to seeing all of the guys and giving hugs and stuff. It's one of those things, when you win a championship, you're kind of brothers forever. It's been 10 years, probably half of them I haven't seen since then so hopefully everybody is back and it'll be a lot of fun seeing them."

Vinatieri on the 15-6 AFC Divisional win over the Ravens, a game in which he was a perfect 5-for-5 on field goals:

"It was a good game. A hard fought game, not a lot of scoring going on. Our defense played really well. Obviously, Baltimore's defense was really, really good. They kept us out of the end zone, but if I remember right, there was a key turnover and some stuff like that."

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