Super Bowl Frenzy: 45 Ways To Win Super Bowl XLV, Way XLV
By Jay Sorgi
Next game: February 6th at Super Bowl XLV vs. Pittsburgh
MILWAUKEE - With the 45th edition of the biggest sporting event in the world - well, America at least, and the Green Bay Packers playing in it for the first time in 13 seasons, it's a reality that most people connected to this organization - and almost everyone on the team - have never played in this game.
So perhaps some tips are in order to help the team.
Today, is the last, and perhaps the biggest.
XLV: Be yourself.
You have taken on every challenge - the challenge of failures in close games, one which you have overcome; the challenge of playing multiple styles of football in order to win, one you have met head-on in victory.
You have everything you need to win this game in your strategic and personal arsenals.
Though he denied the following story in my conversation with him, Bart Starr may be your best example of remembering to be yourself and trust yourself in the midst of the biggest football moment of your life, a lesson taught to him moments before an NFL title game by the man whose name is on the trophy you're playing for.
The book "Vince" by Michael O'Brien cites the story, which happened before the 1961 NFL Title Game at then-City Stadium against the New York Giants.
"In his office before the game, Vince was chatting with his New York friend Dr. Anthony Pisani when Bart Starr arrived. Starr, recalled Pisani, was as 'nervous as a hen on a hot quilt.' To settle him down, Vince placed a reassuring arm around his quarterback and said, 'I don't want you to do anything else today except what you've been doing all year. And I know you can do it.' "
Starr's QB rating that day after going 10-17 for 164 yards and three scoring passes: 130.9.
Packers, if Mike McCarthy doesn't say those exact words to you, read them. Take them to heart.
All you need to be is yourself. Trust yourself. Get the best out of yourself. And you wil be world champions for the 13th time.