Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib
Two story lines have dominated the buildup to Super Bowl 50: Peyton Manning‘s unforgiving oldness and Cam Newton‘s unforgivable Blackness.
It’s no surprise, since quarterbacks are almost always the stars of the pre-Super Bowl show. But in most years there are at least some other intriguing angles for the media and for the public to latch onto: a reclusive running back’s maddening silence, a legendary linebacker’s impending retirement, a curmudgeonly coach’s mysterious methods.
This year, however, it seems to be all about the QBs. Which of course means that the difference-maker who will decide the outcome of Sunday’s game will probably be a player who received little to no attention during these two hype-filled weeks. And that man will suddenly become the subject of a thousand “Who is this guy?” pieces about the “unknown” who was completely available for get-to-know-you interviews while everyone was busy chasing Cam and Peyton. Continue reading
Tags: Aqib Talib, Bradley Roby, Charles Tillman, Chris Harris Jr., Cortland Finnegan, Darian Stewart, Josh Bush, Josh Norman, Kayvon Webster, Kurt Coleman, Robert McClain, Roman Harper, Shiloh Keo, Super Bowl 50, T.J. Ward, Tre Boston
Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:
Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama (NCAA): Jones is probably a better kick returner than cornerback, which says a lot about his electrifying return ability since he is a starter for arguably the best defense in college football. In the Crimson Tide’s 38-0 waxing of Michigan State in the national championship playoff semifinal, Jones helped keep the Spartans scoreless with a second-quarter interception deep in ‘Bama territory. Then the senior CB/KR got into the end zone himself with a 57-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Shiloh Keo, FS, Broncos (NFL): Old, injured and discarded, QB Peyton Manning coming off the bench to lead Denver to a 27-20 victory over San Diego that clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC was something out of a Hollywood script. But that feel-good story wouldn’t have happened if Keo — a Hollywood-worthy underdog in his own right who was unemployed just a few weeks ago — hadn’t gotten an interception late in the fourth quarter to set up the Broncos’ go-ahead score. Continue reading