Brian Billick signs an autograph. (photo by dorothyadele)
On Super Bowl weekend in New Orleans, we scouted for celebrity-football players. While walking to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, we slowly strolled through the Hilton Hotel where the Ravens stayed. We spotted Jerry Rice, Larry Fitzgerald, Cris Carter, Ted Bruschi, Keyshawn Johnson, Kurt Warner and Brendon Ayanbadejo.
I am a Ravens fan, but I did not recognize many of these football stars. Most of the retired players that we saw are currently NFL sports analysts. Following is a list of some of their career highlights:
Wide receiver Jerry Rice was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. According to his biography he “is widely considered to be the greatest wide receiver in the history of the National Football League (NFL).”
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald plays for the Arizona Cardinals and was chosen six times for the Pro Bowl.
Wide receiver Cris Carter was inducted into the 2013 Hall of Fame and played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins.
Linebacker Ted Bruschi played for the New England Patriots and was a three-time-Super-Bowl champion.
Wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson played for the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and Panthers. His Buccaneers team won Super Bowl XXXVII.
Quarterback Kurt Warner played for the Arizona Cardinals, New York Giants and St. Louis Rams. He was the Super Bowl XXXIV MVP.
Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo plays for the Baltimore Ravens and played for the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins.
Baltimore Ravens head coach from 1999 – 2007, Brian Billick, was at Radio Row at River Walk. He led the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory in 2000, and he is currently a sports analyst.
We also spotted the infamous New Orleans Saints’ fan “Da Pope,” or Lionel Alphonso Sr. who held a beer in his hand as he posed with fans. He was inducted in 1999 into the Canton Ohio Hall of Fame “Visa Hall of Fans” as the fan of the year. Garbed in his flowing robe and mitre, he was a sight!
Encountering these sports celebrities greatly enhanced the Super Bowl experience for us!
- Super Bowl XLVII Photos (dorothyadele.wordpress.com)