Steve Atwater’s second straight appearance in the Super Bowl on January 31, 1999 should have been a moment of triumph. Instead it was a stinging farewell. In today’s Talk of Fame Network “5 Games’’ podcast, the Broncos’ former All-Decade safety recalls the joy of winning his second straight Super Bowl ring and the bittersweet nature …
Steve Atwater erased the memory of a crushing Super Bowl defeat by coming back eight years later and leading the Broncos to an upset victory over Brett Favre and the packers in Super Bowl XXXII. Should he have been the MVP?
Steve Atwater was known for his hard hits but no one could have predicted the long-term impact of a lick he put on Chiefs’ running back Christian Okoye 28 years ago on Monday Night Football. It’s the hit whose bell keeps on ringing..
Anderson completed 218 of his 309 passes in the strike-shortened 1982 season to set the record – a record that would stand for 27 years before Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints would complete 70.6 percent of his passes in 2009.
It was the only time in Ken Anderson’s 16-year career that he would reach a Super Bowl. He passed for 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns that day but it wouldn’t be enough to give the Bengals a Lombardi Trophy in their first Super Bowl appearance.
The Bengals had another edge that day – their head coach Forrest Gregg. A Hall of Fame offensive tackle with the Green Bay Packers, Gregg played in the only game colder in NFL history – the 1967 “Ice Bowl” in Green Bay.
O.J. Simpson rushed for 197 yards that Monday night against the Bengals – but he wasn’t the best offensive player on the field. Anderson, arguably the best quarterback not in the Hall of Fame, enjoyed the finest game of his career, passing for 447 yards and two touchdowns to sink the Bills.
Anderson wound up passing for more yards (32,838) and more touchdowns (197) than any quarterback in his 1971 draft class. He won four NFL passing titles, two in the 1970s and two more in the 1980s, and was the NFL MVP in 1981 when he took the Bengals to their first Super Bowl.
Jason Witten played 15 seasons for the Dallas Cowboys and became the franchise’s all-time leading receiver. In fact, his 1,152 career catches place him second all-time among NFL tight ends and fourth overall.