Ten years removed from his last Super Bowl win, Tom Brady wasn’t letting this one slip away.
Sure, the brilliant Brady needed a huge play by an undrafted rookie to preserve New England’s 28-24 Super Bowl victory over Seattle on Sunday night. But Brady’s imprint was all over the Patriots’ sensational fourth-quarter rally for their fourth NFL championship of the Brady-Bill Belichick era.
“You know, whatever it takes,” the record-setting Brady said after throwing for four touchdowns, including a 3-yarder to Julian Edelman with 2:02 remaining as New England rallied from a 10-point deficit. “Every team has a journey and a lot of people lost faith in us … but we held strong, we held together, and it’s a great feeling.”
The Patriots (15-4) had to survive a last-ditch drive by the Seahawks (14-5), who got to the 1, helped by a spectacular juggling catch by Jermaine Kearse. Then Malcolm Butler stepped in front of Ricardo Lockette to pick off Russell Wilson’s pass and complete one of the wildest Super Bowl finishes.
Brady leaped for joy on the Patriots sideline after Butler’s first career interception.
“It wasn’t the way we drew it up,” said Brady, who won his third Super Bowl MVP award. “It was a lot of mental toughness. Our team has had it all year. We never doubted each other, so that’s what it took.”Read More
Danny White had the unenviable job of succeeding Roger Staubach as quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. In 13 seasons, he put up very impressive numbers and is well-remembered for a near miraculous comeback victory in a 1980 playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Though he did not go to the Super Bowl as a starting quarterback, Danny White led the Cowboys to three consecutive NFC Championship Games. The Cowboys lost all three, including the 1981 loss to San Francisco as a result of “The Catch,” one of the most celebrated NFL plays of all time.
Danny now covers the Cowboys on the Compass Media Network. He offers his insights about the 2014 Dallas Cowboys and his predictions for next season.
(Danny is joined late in the interview by Cowboys tight end and five-time Pro Bowler Jay Novacek so it’s worth sticking around for the whole thing.)Read More
Greg Ellis played 11 seasons at defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys. Now retired from football, he is in the video production business and is producer on a movie called “Carter High.” The movie tells the story of Dallas’s Carter High School, whose 1988 football team demolished opponents on its way to a state title — only to have the title stripped in 1991 because of allegations of cheating and academic ineligibility.
Greg talks about the Cowboys – the ones from Carter High and the ones for whom he played in the NFL.Read More
For a few weeks, Brian Billick was a Dallas Cowboy. He made it to the last cut prior to the start of the 1977 season. Never playing a down in the NFL, he nevertheless went on to have a big impact in the league.
After coaching high school and college football, he made his way back to the NFL, starting as a tight ends coach for the Minnesota Vikings. When Baltimore Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda was let go, it was Billick who got the nod.
He would go on to lead the Ravens to victory in Super Bowl XXXV against the New York Giants.
Coach Billick is now an analyst for the NFL Network. He joined us on Radio Row to share his thoughts on being cut by Tom Landry, the job done in 2014 by Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and the lackluster first season in the NFL for Johnny Manziel.Read More
There are couple of things that make Hall of Fame offensive tackle Jackie Slater unique.
First, he holds the record at 20 for the most seasons played for a single NFL franchise. While playing for the Los Angeles Rams, Slater went to seven Pro Bowls while holding opposing teams to league-low numbers of quarterback sacks. Jackie played in Super Bowl XIV in which the Rams lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-19
Second, he has a son playing in Super Bowl XLIX. Matt Slater is a four-time Pro Bowler who plays on special teams for the New England Patriots.Read More
The name Leigh Steinberg may or may not ring a bell but the name Jerry Maguire, played by Tom Cruise in the 1996 movie by the same name, probably does.
The movie is about a sports agent and it was inspired by one of the biggest names in that business, Leigh Steinberg. His list of superstar clients includes Troy Aikman, Steve Young and Warren Moon.
Leigh joined us on Radio Row at Super Bowl XLIX and talked about the creation of the movie Jerry Maguire, dealing with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and the art of negotiating a deal.Read More
Dick Vermeil holds the distinction of having been named Coach of the Year at every level; high school, junior college, NCAA Division I and the NFL.
He began his NFL coaching career in Philadelphia in 1976 and by 1980 defeated the Cowboys to win the NFC Championship and go on to Super Bowl XV. He lost that Super Bowl to Oakland 27-10.
Vermeil would win his next Super Bowl. That journey started in 1997 when he took over the flailing St. Louis Rams. His first two seasons in St. Louis were abysmal and the third was shaping up as a repeat when starting quarterback Trent Green was hurt in pre-season and Kurt Warner came in to take his place. The Rams exploded and went on to a record of 13-3, capping the season by defeating the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV.
Now a successful wine producer, Dick Vermeil spoke with us on Radio Row about coaching in Super Bowls while sharing his thoughts on Jason Garrett and Jimmy Johnson.Read More