With Super Bowl XLVIII now behind us, NFL football enters a dead zone for a few weeks. It's a time to kick back, relax, unwind and just enjoy a temporary calm before the NFL Combine gets underway, followed by NFL free agency, the NFL Draft and then offseason workouts. And, of course, it's a time to read the following stories.
Steve Smith’s NFL career, once so promising to behold, lasted six years, but in truth was only three and a half years. After the injury he was nothing more than a hobbled player just trying to hang on with the Eagles and Rams. It all came and went so quickly for Smith, once a Super Bowl winner, that he tried to impart those lessons to his younger brother, Malcolm – a linebacker for the Seahawks – in the days leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII.
“I just told him to enjoy the moment, go out in pregame and take some pictures because you never know when it could end and you may never be back again," Steve Smith said. “I think he took a lot from my experience and just savoring the moment and knowing it can be done any time, things change in a minute. He really took advantage of his opportunity."
It’s Super Bowl week in New York. For David Mohally and Natalie Masse rubbing elbows with gridiron legends at NFL great Ron Jaworski’s annual Super Bowl party is a way to celebrate the week in a way they never imagined.
The reason? Their two-year-old daughter Lea has been battling for her life since the age of six months.
“She had a brain tumor, it’s called an epemdymoma. She had it removed last May. She was six months old when it was removed and she started treatment. She went through about 10 months of chemotherapy at St. Joseph’s hospital,” says Mohally.
In the clear, but yet always on guard, David and Natalie are at this party because of the generosity of the Jay Fund. The foundation by Giants Coach Tom Coughlin that through various connections Super Bowl week have had patients meet with NFL greats Drew Brees, hang out at the Fox Sports Studios in Time Square and even try on a Super Bowl ring.
The game averaged a record 111.5 million viewers on Fox, beating the previous all-time viewership high of 111.3 million set by Super Bowl XLVI in 2012 (which featured a much closer game between the New York Giants and New England Patriots).
Super Bowl XLVIII is finally over and while many still question the decision to have the big game in a cold-weather city like New York, other issues sprung up over the weekend as well. From the unavoidable corporate takeover in Times Square to snarled transit systems, fans and visitors suffered a fair amount of struggle in the name of football.
Perhaps the biggest issues to pop up was the enormous swell of people riding MTA and NJ Transit. As thousands headed to East Rutherford, N.J., they were met with overheated trains, overcrowding and some minor medical emergencies such as people fainting from the heat.
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