Often the most memorable moments from the Super Bowl come from the obscure who suddenly become legends. David Tyree, Dexter Jackson, Larry Brown, and Timmy Smith are just some of the former no-name players who are forever famous thanks to what sometimes amounts to only a few seconds of greatness.
The list is very long, and you should expect it to grow soon.
Often the most memorable moments from the Super Bowl come from the obscure who suddenly become legends.
David Tyree, Dexter Jackson, Larry Brown, and Timmy Smith are just some of the former no-name players who are forever famous thanks to what sometimes amounts to only a few seconds of greatness.
The last time the New York Giants and New England Patriots met in a Super Bowl, it was Tyree stealing the show with one of the great plays in football history — catching a football on his helmet to help set up the game-winning touchdown.
What makes Tyree’s catch even more legendary is that he never caught a pass in the NFL again. It makes for the ultimate in 15 seconds of fame — if that.
Tyree did have the Giants’ first touchdown in that Super Bowl and made a strong case for the MVP, but before that he had been known only as an All-Pro special teams player.
With how close many of these NFL?teams are nowadays, it’s very likely another improbable hero is about to be established. Tom Brady and Eli Manning may have the most to do with who wins on Sunday, but I’d bet good money that a name like Sterling Moore, Stevan Ridley, D.J. Ware, or Travis Beckum will be added to Super Bowl lore around 10:30 p.m. Sunday.
There’s no way to guess who it will be, but that’s part of the fun. For all the prop bets and wagers on this game, none can correctly handicap who might become a legend.
So pay very close attention and be ready to learn how to pronounce or spell somebody else’s name you’ve never heard of before because he may become the next Super Bowl hero.
For all the attention Rob Gronkowski’s ankle has received these last two weeks — and with good reason — one injury that has flown under the radar is Ahmad Bradshaw’s broken foot. Bradshaw has played well and looked healthy for the last few weeks, but he did miss a lot of practice time leading up to the Super Bowl and it can’t be ignored.
Despite the lethal passing attack the Giants possess, the key to the offense is still efficiency and balance. Bradshaw provides the Giants with that balance because he makes Brandon Jacobs a better runner. He provides defenses with a different look and actually wears teams out better than Jacobs — who is more effective against a tired defense.
One big key for the Patriots is hoping Julian Edelman does not get exposed on defense. The wide receiver and kick returner has been pressed into secondary duty due to lack of depth and poor performances on New England’s defense.
He has done an admirable job for an offensive player, but the fact that can’t be ignored here — he is still a wide receiver and not a cornerback or safety.
Playing on turf can only help New York receivers like Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, and Mario Manningham and you can bet that Eli Manning will test Edelman whenever he can.
The way the Giants may fear trying to cover both of New England’s big tight end, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, the Patriots must be worried about Nicks or Cruz having a one-on-one situation with Edelman down the field.
It’s hard to imagine this game being much different than the one they played four years ago in Arizona. Even the regular season game these two played in Foxborough earlier this season had a similar tone — low scoring early and the two quarterbacks matching each other drive-for-drive late in the fourth quarter.
The Giants’ pass rushers probably will get to Tom?Brady a lot and the Patriots’ tight ends will probably cause some havoc. Then when the money is on the line late, it will be whichever quarterback makes the biggest mistake — or any mistake — or whichever quarterback makes the final big play.
Here’s a random guess to the earlier question of who might be the unlikely hero — Dave Tollefson. The “other” Giants’ pass rusher who isn’t nearly as heralded as Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, and Osi Umenyiora, but had a solid season (five sacks). Ask Tom Brady if he remembers Jay Alford — and if anyone doesn’t remember, just check out YouTube — and something tells me Tollefson might make the last and biggest play of the game ... GIANTS, 27-24.