New Orleans has celebrated plenty of milestones on its slow road to recovery from Hurricane Katrina, but arguably none is bigger than hosting its first Super Bowl since the 2005 storm left the city in shambles.
To see the remnants of Katrina's destruction, fans coming arriving for Sunday's game will have to stray from the French Quarter and the downtown corridor where the Superdome is located. Even in neighborhoods that bore the brunt of the storm, many of the most glaring scars have faded over time.
The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Denver Broncos 27-10 on January 15, 1978, in the Louisiana Superdome’s inaugural Super Bowl.
During the regular season, the two teams seemed like mirror images at times. Both teams finished with a 12-2 record, and both teams’ defenses had a quirky nickname: the Broncos’ “Orange Crush” and the Cowboys’ “Doomsday.”
Naturally, defense was the theme from the outset, and the Cowboys’ Doomsday Defense was too much for Denver to handle. Dallas intercepted Denver quarterback Craig Morton four times and forced and recovered four Denver fumbles.
On if he thinks about the ‘lasts’ of his career this week:
“I think honestly that I have already put it aside. I promise you that is the last thing on my mind: Is this the last? Is this the last? The most important thing for me is to be the leader that I am for my team, and really go out and try to win this football game. That is really the only thing on my mind right now.”
New Orleans’ third Super Bowl saw the end of an era and the beginning of a dynasty.
Although it remained standing for several more years, Tulane Stadium hosted its last Super Bowl on January 12, 1975, when the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Minnesota Vikings 16-6 and launched a Super Bowl legacy.
Shreveport native and Louisiana Tech alum Terry Bradshaw quarterbacked the Steelers to their first of six Vince Lombardi trophies in Super Bowl IX.
Much like New Orleans’ past Super Bowls, both teams were sluggish on offense early in the game.
Archie Manning, patriarch of the NFL's best-known quarterbacking clan, says he's glad the Super Bowl focus is on another family this week.
Manning has practically been a fixture at the big game in recent years. Sons Peyton and Eli Manning have won three of the last six Super Bowls. The New Orleans Saints, the hometown team Manning toiled for through hard times, won a fourth during that stretch.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu predicts the Big Easy will be one of the stars of Super Bowl week. He also thinks the global spotlight will give the city a chance to show how far it has come since it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The mayor and the host committee said Monday they want the city to get back in the rotation as a Super Bowl site. The last NFL title game to be played in New Orleans was in 2002. Sunday's game will mark the 10th time the game was held in the city. That ties it with Miami for hosting the most Super Bowl games.
Not through all the injuries, all the losing early in his career.
That perseverance finally paid off this season for the San Francisco running back.
The 29-year-old Gore helped the 49ers reach the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995, a triumph that is especially sweet given all he's been through. One of his teammates, fullback Bruce Miller, says he can see the satisfaction in Gore's eyes as the team prepares to face the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
Several San Francisco 49ers say they would have no problem if their sons played football, even though President Obama has questioned the safety of the game.
During an interview Monday at the Super Bowl, All-Pro linebacker Aldon Smith responded to a question about the president's comments by saying anyone involved in the sport knows the requirements. Smith says, "It's not like we signed up and thought we were going to play tennis."
Guard Alex Boone says football has to be "physical," and that if his children want to play, they can.
The NFL has released the schedule of NFL players that will participate in public autograph signings during this year's NFL Experience at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
The signings will take place Wednesday through Sunday in Hall D of the Convention Center. Fans are advised that player appearances may change without notice, and should check SuperBowl.com for the latest schedule.