July 25, 2012 |
Ryan Kalil knows what it takes to win championships, having won two national titles with USC not long ago. So I guess that means we should believe Carolina's three-time Pro Bowl center when he says that the Panthers will be this season's Super Bowl champions. This wasn't just a quick thought that ran through his head one day or something he just happened to mention to a few teammates while working out. Kalil actually took out a full-page ad in Wednesday's Charlotte (N.C.) Observer that declares: "CAROLINA PANTHERS - SUPER BOWL XLVII CHAMPIONS!"
February 6, 2011 |
Whoa, Pack, Whoa! The Green Bay Packers, the storied franchise from the NFL's smallest town, came through in the biggest of ways Sunday, reaching the mountaintop yet again with a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. With a crowd of 103,219 filling every nook of Cowboys Stadium ? and that familiar chant of "Go, Pack, Go!" as a soundtrack ? Packers Coach Mike McCarthy cradled the glistening prize, finally able to return it back to its rightful home. "It's great to bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Green Bay," said McCarthy, leader of a franchise that has won four Super Bowls, and at last the first in 14 years.
February 9, 2010 |
Sean Payton could use a proper pillow. The day after coaching the New Orleans Saints to a 31-17 victory over Indianapolis in Super Bowl XLIV, Payton looked happy but bleary-eyed early Monday morning. Maybe it had something to do with him grabbing a precious few winks in his hotel room with the Lombardi Trophy in his arms. "This thing laid in my bed next to me last night," the coach said at the traditional victors news conference. "Rolled over [it] a couple times. I probably drooled on it. But man, there's nothing like it."
February 7, 2010 |
The New Orleans Saints, for decades the NFL's lovable losers, used the biggest stage Sunday to answer the question their fans have been asking for 43 years. Who Dat say they gonna beat them Saints? The answer: Nobody. The unbelievable is a reality. The unthinkable has come true. The Saints reached the NFL mountaintop Sunday, knocking off the mighty Indianapolis Colts, 31-17, in Super Bowl XLIV at Sun Life Stadium. "Louisiana, by the way of New Orleans is back!"
February 5, 2010 |
Joe Lombardi wants to uphold the values of his famous grandfather. He also wants to uphold his grandfather's trophy. Lombardi, 38, is quarterbacks coach for the New Orleans Saints, who play the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in Super Bowl XLIV. He's also a grandson of legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi, for whom the championship trophy is named. The two never met, as Joe was born a year after his grandfather's death in 1970. But the younger Lombardi has attracted a lot of attention this week, even though his role with the Saints is a fairly low-profile one. "Some of the coaches were teasing me because of all this attention I'm getting because of my grandfather," he said.
December 13, 2009
Even without a Lombardi Trophy to his name, Philadelphia Coach Andy Reid has a resume that's plenty gaudy. He has led the Eagles to the playoffs seven times, five NFC championship games, and to a Super Bowl. Since joining the team in 1999, he has won 115 games and built a .611 winning percentage, both club records. And now, as he prepares for a pivotal game tonight at the New York Giants, he has the security of knowing he's wanted. The Eagles gave him a three-year contract extension last week, a deal that reportedly pays him between $5 million and $6 million a season.