It's a once in a lifetime chance most of us can only dream about to play in the Super Bowl! The players don't take it lightly.
That's especially true for one Chicago Bear many of us recognize from his days as a Georgia Southern Eagle. This week, Adrian Peterson gets ready for just such a moment.
He knows a thing or two about championships. He helped win two NCAA titles at Georgia Southern. This Sunday, he plays for the biggest crown in football. But this Bear hasn't forgotten his Eagle roots.
"Oh yeah. It's exciting, here in Miami for the Super Bowl. It's an exciting moment," he said.
He's also enjoying the frenzy around the game. From ESPN anchors to TV and movie stars, he's seen a few.
"There are a lot of guys and girls you see on TV all the time," he said with a laugh.
As a backup running back, he's not getting scrutinized like Peyton Manning or Rex Grossman. But his coach still has high praise for AP.
"Adrian Peterson, even if he didn't play at a major university, he dominated the class he was in," explained Lovie Smith. "He's what we are, blue collar. How many running backs want to play special teams?"
While some fans think he could be the star for lesser teams, he's proud of his role with the Bears.
"Everybody here is a piece in the puzzle," he noted. "I think we've got them all in the right spots and here we are."
"As long as I'm the head coach of the Bears, there's a good chance you'll see Adrian Peterson around," Smith added.
That's good news to fans from Chicago to Statesboro and all parts in between.
Adrian still holds NCAA records for the most 100 yard games in a career and most consecutive 100 yard games. His jersey is one of only two retired by Georgia Southern. You can catch Super Bowl Forty One Sunday afternoon right here on WTOC.
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