After two of the longest weeks I can remember, the Super Bowl is actually within reach. After reading about players talking to the media and others not, we finally get to watch some football tomorrow!
Without a professional sports championship since 1979, Seattle needs a Seahawks’ win tomorrow, according to Jerry Brewer. Also, Jerry goes through his keys to the game and shares his prediction for Super Bowl XLVIII in this video. Fellow columnist Larry Stone told fans to savor this Seahawks team’s final game of what has been a special season for the city and the franchise.
Bob Condotta previews Super Bowl XLVIII by examining what has brought the Seahawks to this point — proving doubters wrong. Bob also lists his five keys to Sunday’s game that could be crucial to crowning a Super Bowl champion. In Bob’s final notebook ahead of the Super Bowl, he leads with a healthy Percy Harvin being a part of the Seahawks’ game plan.
Geoff Baker has the story of Jon Ryan’s journey to the Super Bowl. He spoke to a lifelong friend of the punter and talks about Ryan going from punting in college in Canada and the CFL before making it to the NFL.
While Kam Chancellor is known for his big hits, there is a lot more to his game. Jayson Jenks reports on the Seahawks’ starting strong safety.
On the Denver side of things, Joshua Mayers reports on how the Broncos’ loss to the Ravens in last season’s AFC Championship Game is still motivating this season’s team. In his notebook, Josh leads with the phone call that is a part of wide receiver Demaryius Thomas’ game-day routine — from his mother and grandmother in jail.
On Saturday night, the major awards from this past NFL season were handed out. Peyton Manning was the recipient of his record fifth Most Valuable Player award. No other player has more than three. Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman of the Seahawks finished third and fifth in the voting for Defensive Player of the Year, respectively. Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly won the award.
Also announced on Saturday was this year’s class of inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In his first year of eligibility, former Seahawks left tackle Walter Jones was elected. Joining him in this year’s class is linebacker Derrick Brooks, defensive end Michael Strahan, wide receiver Andre Reed, defensive back Aeneas Williams, defensive end Claude Humphrey and Ray Guy, who is the first punter ever elected. Bob was able to get a couple minutes of Jones talking about what the honor meant to him on video.