There's no bigger or brighter stage in professional sports than the Super Bowl. While the NHL Max Scharping Jersey , NBA, and MLB offers extended excitement through seven-game series to determine league champions, there's something special about the NFL's single-game championship. It's often the most watched program of the year in North America and, as such, advertisers pay millions of dollars for 30-second or one-minute commercials. In short, there's nothing like it.Because of its high-profile, some players simply can't live up to such high expectations and crumble under the pressure. In the Super Bowl, the cream rises to the top Brian Burns Jersey , which is why quarterbacks such as Tom Brady, Terry Bradshaw, and Joe Montana have won multiple Super Bowl Most Valuable Player awards. On the opposite end of the spectrum, however, is the little-known player who contributes in a massive way en route to leading his team to a championship. That player might not have been the MVP of the game, but became an unlikely hero through his big-moment contributions. Below, we detail 15 former and current players - both prominent and not-so-well-known - who had a tremendous impact on the biggest game in pro sports as well as what those players are doing today. And don't fret that we missed Tom Brady and other recent Patriots' heroes - you already know what they're doing today.
MINNEAPOLIS — Neither New England nor Philadelphia is a tropical paradise, so for the Patriots and Eagles http://www.pantherscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-greg-little-jersey , the Minnesota winter weather has been pretty normal for them. That’s a good thing as both teams head into their Super Bowl LII meeting on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium trying to treat it like just another 60-minute game.
After the media circus they endured Monday in St. Paul, the players for both the Patriots (15-3) and the Eagles (15-3) welcomed the opportunity to get back to some semblance of normal game week preparation and to focus on the football, even if it’s in a new place.
“We’ve got to go out and practice and kind of get away from the madness,” said Philadelphia defensive end Fletcher Cox on Wednesday after the Eagles practiced at the University of Minnesota. “I just treat it as a regular game week. Things I would do at the facility, I’m doing here.”
One thing the Eagles did successfully at home and on the road all season was pressure the opponent’s quarterback, and when the Patriots have faltered in two Super Bowl losses to the Giants in the past decade, a relentless pass rush has contributed. But the highly touted Eagles defense, which did not allow a point after the Vikings’ opening drive of the NFC title game Will Grier Jersey , is wary about putting too much of their attention on Patriots star Tom Brady.
“It’s Tom plus 10 guys on the field. We can’t just focus on one guy, if we’re going to be real about it,” Cox said. “I think we have to focus on their whole offense, because they’ve got a lot of great players. We have to go out and be ourselves. We’ve got to go out and do the little things right and not beat ourselves in order to be victorious.”
New England tight end Rob Gronkowski, who missed the second half of the AFC title game win over Jacksonville due to a concussion, is slated to play.
“Rob’s a tough guy. Obviously, this isn’t something you can just fight through,” said Brady.
While the Patriots offense has revolved around Brady since their first Super Bowl win in 2002 http://www.pantherscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-christian-miller-jersey , the defense has been one of constant evolution, and the unit adopted yet another new look late in the regular season when linebacker James Harrison came on board after he was jettisoned by the Steelers.
“When you’re in a system for as long as he’s been, there are a lot of things that are habits that get ingrained, which they should be. Some of those things carry over. Some of them kind of don’t,” Belichick said of Harrison, who has played 178 of his 193 NFL regular-season games for Pittsburgh. “He’s done a great job of trying to separate them and do what we’ve asked him to do.”
While the Eagles will be looking for the franchise’s first Super Bowl title, having lost the big game after the 1980 and 2004 seasons, there may be more pressure on the Patriots Jordan Scarlett Jersey , who will be seeking their sixth title and their second in a row, knowing that the coaching staff will look significantly different next season. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia are both widely expected to be head coaches in Indianapolis and Detroit, respectively, next season.
“I realize and I understand and I appreciate the talent in the coaches in our building. I’m grateful for the opportunity to even be coached by them,” said Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola, sounding very much like he was saying goodbye. “Whatever their opportunities are in the future, I’ll be excited for them.”
There’s one more opportunity for them on Sunday. And it sounds plenty exciting.