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January 29, 2009

Midnight Rambler at the Super Bowl

Filed under: Uncategorized — Eli Savoie @ 3:49 pm

 

It has been a couple of hectic days today and yesterday here in Tampa. The days always get crazier as the week goes on and more and more people arrive in town. Among the festivities yesterday was a press conference where the folks from FedEx handed out the “FedEx Air and Ground Players of the Year” awards.

Phil Simms, who later joined us on radio row was the master of ceremonies for FedEx. He presented the hardware.

Drew Brees of the Saints took home the “Air” award while Adrian Peterson was the “Ground” winner. Brees was on hand to accept, Peterson was not.
Down on radio row various former and current players and celebrities were making their way around. Shelton Quarles, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and Vanderbilt Commodore joined us to talk about his career and how excited he was to see the Commodores win a bowl game this year. As he told us, the last time they won a bowl game was the year his mom was born!
Former Memphis Tiger and current Carolina Panther DeAngelo Williams came by to talk about his breakout season, the new nickname for him and Jonathan Stewart, and his love of paintball.
Some of the biggest names in football were on hand, like Joe Montana. One of the true legends of the game.
Today got started with a press conference held by the Gridiron Greats, an organization dedicated to raising money for former NFL players who need financial and medical assistance. Michael Irvin was one of the speakers at the event which was attended by about 25 former players, many of them Hall of Famers. This organization is a great one as the NFL has really turned it’s back on its former players. Irvin talked about the need for more current players to get involved with the cause and saluted Matt Birk of the Vikings, who was there, for his efforts in leading by example and trying to get more current players to help out.
Mike Ditka is one of the guys that got this organization started and has been one of the most outspoken people on behalf of the greats. He talked about the need for more money to be raised. You can learn more about the Gridiron Greats and bid on some great items in their online auction by going to http://www.gridirongreats.org/
 
Another very outspoken former player is Joe DeLamielleure. The former all-pro offensive lineman joined us on radio row to talk more about it. We have had Joe on the last two years and he is always great. He has no problem speaking his mind on any topic. He brought with him war hero Tommy Riemer who was shot over 10 times in Iraq as a member of the US Army. Riemer told his story about being a human shield, it was amazing.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers also stopped by today for a very interesting chat. I asked him about Brett Favre and you can tell that Rodgers is not really fond of Favre and the way he handled things last offseason. Rodgers said he has yet to speak to Favre since Brett left Green Bay. We’ll be playing that interview tonight during the 5-7pm show. It’s a good one.
 
Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans was on hand for the Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Year award presentation. Johnson did not win the award, it went to Joe Flacco of the Ravens, but Johnson stopped by and talked to us about his great rookie season afterwards.
Johnson’s teammate with the Titans, Brandon Jones, also came by to talk about the Tians year and the season of his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, and the similarities between the two.
I also chatted early today with Usama Young, a cornerback for the New Orleans Saints. Everybody loves the commercials during the Super Bowl, and Young will be in one of the commercials this year. He was part of a contest held by the NFL with players telling stories about football and their childhoods. Young’s story won the fan vote, so it will be turned into a commercial that will air sometime during the second half of the game.
The craziness continues here today, but that’s all I have for now. Don’t forget to check out our Super Bowl show tonight from 5p-7p and remember also that you can check out all the interviews we do down here online. After we air the interviews on our shows, they will be available.
 
Until next time, have a good one! 
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