The first Sunday of February has a special place in my calendar.
Super Bowl Sunday is on the “holidays list.” It’s a day where millions of Americans and a growing international audience tune in to watch the finale of the football season. For me, it’s the time of year where all the past year’s moments and stories should come out and be told and where all fans come together to celebrate the past year.
From seeing our teams at the draft, to keeping up with blogs during training camp, and being glued to the TV when our team is on, Super Bowl Sunday is a day where we can all watch the biggest game of the year and enjoy the past year’s stories.
As a Cleveland Browns fan, it was awful to see them have their fifth losing season record in a row, see important players get plagued with injury and a clean house of ownership and coaching staff following the final game of the regular season.
However, I am glad that I follow the whole NFL and thought this year was filled with some of the best headlines in my lifetime.
Seeing Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson, both of whom came back from what many thought were career-ending injuries, broke NFL records, led their average teams to the playoffs and were both elected to their 12th (Manning) and fifth (Peterson) Pro Bowl
in a row.
No NFL fan can deny the importance of drafting the right quarterback after witnessing the surge of the young guns in the league right now.
Even though the season ended with a brutal, yet manageable injury, Robert Griffin III made some of the most athletic plays as a QB since the early years of Michael Vick. To me, it was no surprise Andrew Luck led the Colts to a 12-4 record and a Wild Card
It was shocking to see what Pete Carroll could do with his offense while “undersized and under experienced” rookie Russell Wilson was under center. The Seahawks created a unique offense that used Wilson’s mobility to run the best option and play action plays in the NFL. I see multiple playoff runs for Seattle in the future.
I must say, even though our division rivals made it to the Super Bowl, I am very excited to see the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers play on Sunday. While both head coaches Jim and John Harbaugh are brothers, the bigger story line is seeing the 49ers’ high-power offense and Baltimore’s veteran defense go four quarters on the biggest stage for American sports.
While some diehard fans like me tune in for the game, others will tune in to watch another Doritos commercial and see Beyoncé perform at halftime. It will be a great time for all fans to celebrate another year of football, before a long seven-month wait till next season.