Along with politics my other passion is American Football, I fell in love with the sport as a 12 year old and started playing when I reached 14. I played for my local team the Ipswich Cardinals at both junior and senior level and also played a year with the Colchester Gladiators. I retired from the game at age 24 due to Injuries and a heart complaint but I have never stopped following the sport.
This years Super Bowl will not only be one of the most watched sporting events this year it is also one of the most watched TV events full stop. The reason I and over 117 million other people will be filling our face with snacks and shouting at the screen is all about the drama. There is no doubting the drama that this matchup brings, Lets start with the Ravens and for 17 seasons the heart and soul of the team has been the controversial Ray Lewis.
Ray Lewis is a dominating and ferocious player who is never far away from controversy. 13 years ago outside an Atlanta nightclub he was implicated in a double murder, an incident that led to a plea deal on a reduced charge.
A so called devout Christian Lewis is also the father of six children by four different women, none of whom he has married and this year he has just been linked to a banned substance that allegedly helped speed his return from the triceps injury which he does deny.This sunday will be his last game and expect a lot of emotion.
Another player for who it will be an emotional game will be the Ravens Torrey Smith, Torrey has been a revelation for the Ravens offense this year but has had to overcome the personal tragedy with the loss of his brother.
Torrey was he oldest of seven children, Smith helped his single mother raise his brothers and I was amazed at the dignity and maturity this young man showed when face with such a loss.
Now to the other team and the 49ers and the breakout star for them has been one Colin Kaepernick. Harbaugh picked Kaepernick to replace quarterback Alex Smith when he went out with a concussion mid-season and the team has not looked back. Kaepernick is one of a new wave of quarterbacks combining a rocket arm and fleet feet to devastating effect.
But the headlining match up is the fact that for the first time in NFL history the opposing coaches will be brothers. Ravens Coach John Harbaugh will face his brother 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh in what I can only imagine will be an emotional night for their parents but…it does not stop there for added drama Jim`s son Jay will also be on the opposite sideline as he is on his uncle john`s coaching staff.
whatever happens it is sure to be a great game with highs and lows and as I`ve said plenty of drama