Editor’s Note: With the Super Bowl approaching on February 2, 2014 we here at Triple B dug into the archives to find some observations on the 10th Anniversary of our coverage of Super Bowl XXXVIII played in Houston, TX on February 1, 2004. Today we take a look back at how two current and one future Hall of Fame quarterback spent their Super week a decade ago.
The more NFL I experience this week the more I discover that the Super Bowl is about much more than just the game on Sunday.
There are parties and concerts for the fans and many NFL players past and present are in town participating in a slew of activities.
There are players visiting sick children in local hospitals, players building homes for Habitat for Humanity and players and their moms shedding light on the plight of hunger in America.
While many of the activities of the week geared towards the media and the fans seem like a good companion to the game, other activities have left me scratching my head in disbelief.
One such event occurred Tuesday during a super cook off event featuring gridiron legends Joe Montana and Dan Marino.
The legendary quarterbacks were teamed with chefs from a major food company to see who could make the best dishes from a cooking pamphlet that conveniently enough is available wherever finer foods are sold.
The first question that crossed my mind when I heard about the event was, “what do these quarterbacks know about food?”
During all of my years of watching Montana and Marino on the field never once did I wonder whether they would be able to whip up a quick meal.
In fact, even though Marino owns a chain of restaurants I always hoped that someone else was in the kitchen preparing the food.
In the end though owning the restaurants may have helped Dolphin Dan as he was crowned champ of the cook-off.
I know the players probably received a nice chunk of money to participate in the event, and there are worse things that I have seen future hall of famers peddle.
Even though there are numerous reality television shows that seek to capitalize on once hot stars that are starting to cool you never think that you will actually come face to face with a former great that is trying to hold on to that last thread of celebrity.
If there is a lesson to be learned from seeing Montana and Marino peddle snack foods it is this, gridiron fame, like all fame is fleeting and even the great giants of the game are sometimes knocked down a few notches after their playing days are done.
Perhaps it is good for fans to see the players in a more humbling light instead of continuing to see them as the exalted giants that they appear to be on the field while they are dissecting defenses and orchestrating two-minute drills.
After all, in the game of life the ability to orchestrate a winning meal combination is probably a more worthy skill to possess.
Hopefully today’s press conference with former Washington Redskins greats John Riggins and Joe Theismann presenting the Air and Ground awards with Peyton Manning will leave a better taste in my mouth.
If it does not, at least I can go to my local supermarket and look for the display with Marino and Montana smiling back at me and whip together a little dish to take my mind off of it.
Now if you will excuse me, I am off to see Mike Ditka present an award that is sponsored by an erectile dysfunction medication manufacturer.
Copyright 2004 R. Anderson, Reposted 2014
Editor’s Note: Next up in the archives we look at how future hall of famer Brett Favre spent his Super Bowl week a decade ago.