Exhausting, but exciting.
That's how I've been responding to the question, "how as the trip to Dallas for the Super Bowl?"
It all started with a monster long day that started at 2am for my regular shift the Wednesday before the big game and ended with a live report from Cowboy's stadium for the 10pm news that night.
The days that followed were 8am to 11pm days.
And Super Bowl Sunday itself started with a live report for Sunrise 7 Sunday and ended at 3:30 Monday morning.
A lot of work, but an absolutely amazing opportunity!
On the way to Dallas, I ran into former Packer running back Ahman Green at the airport. He graciusly agreed to do an interview about what he's doing now and about the big game. I tried to stay cool, but failed miserably, a few days later when Ahman ran into us again at the NFL Experience and he recognized me.
I saw a lot of amazing stars, mostly on radio row at the media hotel. Radio row is where all the radio networks set up their booths and the stars and athletes go from one to the next, selling what they're selling since they left the NFL.
Joe Montana and Jerry Rice are the one's that stick out the most in my memory, since they're arguably the best ever at their positions. Hugh Jackman was there with Sugar Ray Leonard. I ran into New York sports columnist Mike Lupica in the elevator. I told him I loved his work on "The Sports Reporters" Sunday morning's on ESPN. He said it was even more fun to do than to watch. I also ran into Super Bowl MVP for the Packers Desmond Howard in the elevator. He was very nice, actually striking up the conversation. Still has that great, winning smile, too.
The personal highlight may have been getting an interview with William Henderson. The former Packer fullback has always been my favorite for the way he played and how he handles himself off the field. He still looks in football shape and is still a great speaker!
I'm proud of the stories I did down there, especially with the Packer's Chaplain who's originally from Antigo, giving fans the "are you really a Packer fan" test at the NFL Experience and the one at the Packer bar in the Dallas suburb of Addison.
And as much as it pains me to give him a compliment. I was blown away with how hard Dale Ryman works to get a story. Sports guys might be the hardest working in our business.
The Packers winning the game was the frosting on the cake. Flying home from Dallas via Miami and San Francisco (that's an exaggeration, but it felt that way) would have been awful if it had been a loss.
I hope you enjoyed all the stories, if you missed them they're sitll here on the webchannel somewhere. And I also hope we'll be heading to next year's Super Bowl to follow the Packers again. It will be exhausting, but exciting!
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