News and Sound Bites from the Super Bowl XLIII Edition
of NFL GAMEDAY MORNING
“FORGET ABOUT RUDY, THIS IS AN AWESOME STORY.” — Steve Mariucci on the Kurt Warner story
“I’M DOING WHAT I WAS SENT HERE TO DO.” – Mike Tomlin on being a coach
“WE’RE OUT THERE TO MAKE THE FIREWORKS LOOK GOOD.” – Bruce Springsteen to Rich Eisen, discussing his upcoming halftime performance
“THERE ISN’T A WIDE RECEIVER ON THE STEELERS THAT WOULD START FOR THE CARDINALS.” – Marshall Faulk giving the offensive edge to the Arizona Cardinals
“HE (ROETHLISBERGER) WHISPERED TO ME DURING AN INTERVIEW ‘I WILL NOT TURN THE BALL OVER.’” – Deion Sanders on Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger
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John Lynch 1-on-1 with Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin: NFL Network’s guest analyst John Lynch sat down with his former coach and friend Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin for a candid discussion about what it feels like to be at Super Bowl XLIII:
“I’m doing what I was sent here to do.” – Tomlin on being a coach
“I think there are two reasons why you coach. From an ability stand point you can’t play anymore or from an age standpoint you’re incapable of playing anymore. I wasn’t good enough.” – Tomlin on why he got into coaching
“Every single guy in this league is trying to win and they’ll do any you tell them to do if they think it’ll help. That’s what makes it pure.” –Tomlin on coaching NFL players
“We were a 6-10 team, so I didn’t think the phone was going to ring.” — Tomlin on no
“I wasn’t prepared for the phone to ring and I think that helped me in the long run. I tend to over prepare, I didn’t because of that.” — Tomlin
“I made a conscious effort not to tell them what I thought they wanted to hear. I just told them what was important to me. How I feel I can help them do what they wanted to do, win championships and how I was going to lead the football team.” — Tomlin on his interview with the Rooneys
“If I don’t do my job, I’m going to be out on my ear. Those guys retained those jobs because they won.” – Tomlin on the perception that because of the Steelers’ record for keeping coaches that he has job security.
“We have a ridiculous legacy here. The ridiculous fan following, they inspire me. I want to honor those that came before us by doing what we do. If we can do something to contribute to that legacy, it’s humbling. It’s awesome.” –Tomlin on the Steelers’ legacy
“I knew this guy could make me better.” – Lynch on Tomlin as a coach
“It’s his attitude, his passion and his ability to lead. He walks to his own beat.” — Rod Woodson on what makes Tomlin successful coaching style
“Mike Tomlin considers himself just as accountable as his players.” — Derrick Brooks on what makes Tomlin special as a coach
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Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning:
“You think about the one you lost more than you think about the one that you won. We never rebounded as a team.” – Faulk on playing in two Super Bowls with Rams. St. Louis went 1-1 in those games
“Forget about Rudy, this is an awesome story.” — Steve Mariucci on the Kurt Warner story
“It’s like winning the Lombardi trophy, but it’s ALL yours.” – Rod Woodson on becoming a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee
“A head coach I talked to called them ‘unpredictable yet disciplined.'” — John Lynch on Arizona defense
“I’ve always looked up to you and wanted to achieve what you’ve achieved.” – Deion Sanders to Rod Woodson.
“They have created takeaways and prevented the explosive plays.” — Derrick Brooks on the Cardinals defensive success in the playoffs.
“There isn’t a wide receiver on the Steelers that would start for the Arizona Cardinals.” – Marshall Faulk giving the offensive edge to the Arizona Cardinals.
“Willie Parker’s worst game in the last two years was not against the Baltimore Ravens, but against the Arizona Cardinals.” — Brian Baldinger on Arizona defense holding Steelers RB Willie Parker to 37 yards on 19 carries in a 21-14 Week 4 2007 win against Pittsburgh
“This is a team whose personality comes from a receiver. If a receiver is the toughest guy on the team everything else falls into place.” — Sapp on Steelers WR Hines Ward
“They started blitzing more and that’s when their defense started to play better.” — Jamie Dukes on improved Arizona defense in the playoffs
“A light bulb went on between the players and the coach in the playoffs for the Arizona Cardinals.” — Jamie Dukes
“We know who has the ‘Edge’ on offense, it’s Arizona.” – Rich Eisen on running back Edgerrin James
“He (Roethlisberger) whispered to me during an interview, ‘I will not turn the ball over.'” –– Sanders on Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger
“If you say you’re not going to turn the ball over, you are going to turn it over or you’re going to hold onto the ball and mistakes will be made.” — Marshall Faulk on Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger
“He’s fresh, Pittsburgh can rely on him.” – Marshall Faulk on Steelers RB Willie Parker
“Troy Polamalu plays the game completely recklessly. He has no regard for his body at all. No one plays the game as aggressively as he does.” — Brian Baldinger on Steelers SS Troy Polamalu
“First you go to the prayer closet.” — Woodson on guarding Cardinals Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald
“A couple of years ago, we were saying Anquan Boldin was the best receiver in this league.” — Rod Woodson
“We’re out there to make the fireworks look good.” – Bruce Springsteen to Rich Eisen, discussing his upcoming halftime performance
“He’s going to know what’s coming before they do. He’ll take a lick to get a completion.” –Sterling Sharpe on Kurt Warner
“There’s nothing more that he can do. He will get into the Hall of Fame.” — Sterling Sharpe on his brother not being named a Hall of Fame inductee.
“At the time I am in my life and the point I am in my career, it really gets more precious to you as you get closer to what you know is the end. Each season is more precious. Each game is more precious. The young coaches out there will understand some day.” — Bill Parcells during sit down with Adam Schefter
“I don’t know where I’d go. I hope they don’t throw me out.” — Bill Parcells on plans to stay in Miami.
Who will win Super Bowl XLIII MVP?
Sapp — Steelers WR Santonio Holmes
Faulk — Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin
Sanders — Steelers CB Ike Taylor or CB Bryant McFadden
Mariucci — Steelers LB James Harrison
Eisen – Cardinals QB Kurt Warner
Steve Sabol’s Most Memorable Forgotten Plays in Super Bowl History
Super Bowl XIII – Franco Harris’ lone touchdown run was aided by an unintentional block by the umpire on safety Charlie Waters to propel the Steelers to their third Lombardi Trophy
Super Bowl XXXVIII: The Panthers tied it up late in the game, but kicker John Kasay shanked the ensuing kickoff, giving the Patriots the ball at the 40-yard line, leading to Adam Vinateri’s game-winning field goal.
Super Bowl XLIII: Eli Manning shakes off two tackles. THEN he throws a pass to David Tyree, who caught the ball on his helmet for a first down in the final two minutes of the game. Without that play, the Patriots win and make history with a perfect season.
Steve Sabol’s Best Performances in Defeat in Super Bowl history
Bills RB Thurman Thomas — 135 rushing yards on 15 carries in Super Bowl XXV; moved team into position for game-winning field goal attempt
Dallas LB Chuck Howley — only MVP from losing team in Super Bowl history had two interceptions in Super Bowl V
Cincinnati TE Dan Ross — Super Bowl-record 11 catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns in Super Bowl XVI
Carolina QB Jake Delhomme — passed for 323 yards and three touchdowns including the longest offensive play in Super Bowl history (85-yard pass to Muhsin Muhammad)
Schefter’s News Reports:
- We’ve seen head coaching salaries drop in the off season. When you look at Mike Tomlin and Ken Whisenhunt, Tomlin is making $2.6 million this season and Whisenhunt is at $2.4 million. Together they are making $5 million. We’ve seen coaches in previous years make more. We’ve seen the end of the $6-$8 million-a-year head coach, for now. The fact that Tomlin and Whisenhunt are doing what they are has given owners more evidence to pay head coaches less.
- Another potential head coach could be the Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley. The Kansas City Chiefs have been awfully quiet. Clearly they’re waiting for somebody or something. Todd Haley could be that somebody, Super Bowl XLIII could be that something, once the game is over, Haley will be free to talk to the Kansas City Chiefs. Most people around the league believe he is the leading candidate. Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli has been very quiet about the situation, so you never know exactly what he’s thinking, but all signs do point to Todd Haley and a win tonight would be a good addition to his resume.
On NFL.com the following video clips from NFL GameDay Morning are available for viewing:
Age is just a number: At age 37, Kurt Warner looks to become the 1st QB to lead two teams to a Super Bowl win.
Tyrone Carter’s story: Playing in his 2nd Super Bowl with the Steelers, find out how this one will be different for safety Tyrone Carter.
Life of Larry: Larry Fitzgerald opens up about his unique childhood and relationship with his father.
Cardinals: Road to SB XLIII: A recap of the Arizona Cardinals tumultuous road to Super Bowl XLIII.
Steelers: Road to SB XLIII: A time line of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ stellar road to Super Bowl XLIII.
The Boss: Rich Eisen talks with Bruce Springsteen about the Super Bowl XLIII halftime show.
Steeler nation: A look at the special bond the citizens of Pittsburgh have forged with their beloved Steelers.
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