Time for NFL head coaches to vacation, read a book, golf, share special time with families — and then tell ’em ‘see ya’ next year’ once football hits overdrive next month.
These coaches travel with extra baggage. No matter how near or far the 32 trek to seek relaxation, their minds will occasionally float here …
The bigger, the blingier, the better.
No one embodied that more than Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco, nee Johnson, two bombastic sigils of stardom and celebration. Ochocinco had seven 1,000-yard seasons in an 11-year career somehow more notable for over-the-top touchdown celebrations and a mid-career name change. Owens, the recent Hall of Fame inductee — even if he’s not interested in attending — finished his career as a top-five wide receiver but is just as known for his play off the field as he is on it:
Just a few days later, their Super Bowl parade took them through the city to celebrate with Eagles fans who had been waiting their entire lives for that moment. The players delivered with a bash that was equal parts raucous, heartfelt, and intense.
Since then, the Eagles have done everything from throwing out the first pitch at a Phillies game to bringing the Lombardi Trophy on stage with every team’s superfan Kenny Chesney.
While it may have been crushed by the officials’ momentum-swinging ruling, the Cowboys’ defense didn’t offer much of a reason to think a stop was coming. After all, all Dallas had to do to ensure another last-gasp offensive possession was force a Packers’ punt with 4:06 left on the clock and a pair of timeouts. Instead, Green Bay drove to the Dallas 23-yard line before kneeling out the clock.
It’s worked out better for the Patriots than the Packers, but here’s every time we were cruelly tempted with a Brady-Rodgers Super Bowl just to have it yanked from our fingertips.
This one doesn’t really count; Rodgers was in the final season of his three-year apprenticeship under Brett Favre. Rather than a showdown between an 18-0 Brady and a budding Rodgers, we would have had the Ol’ Gunslinger riding again in a rematch from Super Bowl XXXI.