Steve Smith Remembers His Super Bowl Experience
The Drive Monday 1-28-13 – Steve Smith Remembers his Super Bowl experience. From leaving the parking lot of Bank of America stadium, to Media Day and all the parties and attention the players get. He also talks about what its like for the losing team as the are roped off the field.
We are all excited about the upcoming Super Bowl. This game will definitely be one of the most physical games of the season as the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers. Both teams feature two elite defenses. Everyone will be looking at future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, as he squares off against Colin Kaepernick, the young dual threat quarterback. Many people have been giving their intake on their previous Super Bowl experiences. All pro wide receiver Steve Smith, of the Carolina Panthers, shared his Super Bowl story briefly on “The Drive”.
“One of the coolest things is that bus and driving downtown. Seeing everyone send us off, seeing everyone crowd the streets, it was such a remarkable thing” said Smith.
Steve helped carry his team to Super Bowl XXXVIII back in 2003. The Panthers had a great Super Bowl run which ended in a loss to the New England Patriots. Although the Panthers lost the Super Bowl the week prior was one of the best feelings ever for the players. “It’s just fake life, it doesn’t feel real.
Although the full experience is overwhelming, losing the Super Bowl is a tragic experience. Not only are you not celebrated anymore, but you feel like a failure.
“When you don’t win, you are roped off and go on about your business, that’s how they treat you. The confetti falls and you are not a part of that experience” says Smith reminiscing on that heartbreaking defeat.
The Super Bowl is sure to bring some exciting memories and tragic ones for either team. Ray Lewis, who plans to retire, will be playing his heart out as he tries to rally his team to one more Lombardi trophy. But Colin Kaepernick plans to prove the media wrong and show the world he is ready to be a leader. The Harbaugh brothers have landed in New Orleans and will be preparing them teams for battle in Super Bowl XLVII.