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
A total of 47 players have won Super Bowls with more than one team. Colts players who make the list are kicker Adam Vinatieri (Colts/New England), defensive tackle Dan Klecko (Colts/New England), center Bill Curry (Colts/Green Bay), linebacker Ted Hendricks (Colts/Oakland/LA), quarterback Earl Morrall (Colts/Miami), wide receiver Ricky Proehl (Colts/St. Louis) and defensive back Dexter Reid (Colts/New England).
A total of 27 coaches have won Super Bowls with more than one team. Colts coaches who make the list are Jim Caldwell (Colts/Baltimore), Tom Moore (Colts/Pittsburgh), Russ Purnell (Colts/Baltimore) and John Teerlinck (Colts/Denver).
Only three men have won Super Bowls as a player and head coach – Tony Dungy (player-Pittsburgh; coach-Colts), Mike Ditka (player-Dallas; coach-Chicago) and Tom Flores (player-Kansas City; coach-Oakland/LA Raiders).
A total of 19 men have won Super Bowls as a player and head coach, with two having Colts connections – Tony Dungy (player-Pittsburgh; coach-Colts) and Leslie Frazier (player-Chicago; coach-Colts).
Only six coaches have led teams to the Super Bowl in their first year as a head coach, and two have Colts ties. Don McCafferty led Colts to Super Bowl V. Jim Caldwell led Colts to Super Bowl XLIV. The other coaches to do so were Red Miller (Denver, 1977), George Seifert (San Francisco, 1989), Jon Gruden (Tampa Bay, 2002) and Bill Callahan (Oakland, 2002).
SUPER BOWL – Quote/Unquote
"Mike Ditka told us before the Super Bowl (XX), 'This is your chance to win one of these rings and be famous forever.' I don't think any of us appreciated at the time exactly how long forever is. It's a long time. And I wouldn't trade this ring for anything." – Gary Fencik
"Money comes and goes, the fame comes and goes, but the ring is the reminder of the group of men that you sacrificed and played with." – The Tennessean
"The ring, frankly, is a way we express ourselves in sports. You ask any golfer in America what it means to put on a green jacket at the Masters, and that's the same feeling." – Art Modell
"I've always said no matter how many rings I've earned after the first one, the first one would always be the most important, because there's nothing like the first. The first one was the greatest feeling that I had." – Shannon Sharpe
SUPER BOWL XLVIII – Quote/Unquote
Pete Carroll (on why he believes Peyton Manning has yet to be sacked during the postseason and how important it is to disrupt him on Sunday)
"It's really about his timing. He's so quick with the football and his decision making is so precise, that the ball's just not in his hands long enough to get there, for the most part. We can't give into that. We have to rush the passer, we have to try to get him off the spot, we have to try to move him, and to get that done, we're going to have to cover them very well. We're going to have to get him to hold the football some and at least make him go to his second or third decision. If we can do that, it gives us a chance. Nobody's done it very successfully. Obviously, as you said, in the postseason nobody's even got close to him. Hopefully, we can. It's all but impossible based on the numbers and what it looks like, (but) we're going to see if we can do something about that."
Earl Thomas (on his ability to excel in coverage and run support)
"That just goes back to what I always say, not putting me in a box and just labeling me as a guy that can just finesse and can cover. I really take pride as far as coming up in run support, eliminate the explosive plays and really giving my team every opportunity as far as points allowed, deep shots. In the NFL, everybody always wants to take deep shots. The crowd wants to see the explosive plays, but what's so unique about us is we understand that. We always try to take care of that and get the ball back in Russell's (Wilson) hands as much as possible."
Knowshon Moreno (on the No. 1 offense playing the No. 1 defense)
"It's going to be tough. It's going to be a tough contest for us. They are number one for a reason, and they make some really big plays. They get turnovers, they fly around to the ball, make some big tackles. It's going to come down to staying consistent and trying to move the ball and execute and make plays."
Eric Decker (on offensive coordinator Adam Gase)
"He has a very creative mind. He allows us to do a lot of things. I think it sets with all the guys in the skill positions even, up front. We're very versatile. With the paces that we've gone with, the tempos that we've changed, from fast to slow, we try to mix it up and do what's to our advantage. I think we've progressed, big time, from last year into this season, as far as opening the playbook up, playing the guys in different positions and just allowing us to really game plan for what is going to be best for us."