I have a project kicking off with a guy who was in a previous Superbowl. He was a Tight End and has a ring. One of the things I have always wondered is what it is like the day of the game for those on the field. The world is watching, tons of hype, maybe some controversy, but what the hell is it like for those guys inside the bubble.
Apparently, after a ton of work throughout the season it is kind of different than I would have thought, so here is what I learned.
- Wake up thinking, whew finally the day is here. It has been a long season, this is it, the end, and here we go. The players are sick of staying in hotels by this point. They have been there for five or more days and not in their own home. For most of us, a five day hotel stay is a vacation, this isn’t. It is work, and it has been a long season with a lot of travel.
- There is a lot of waiting, and a lot of transfers from one place to another to eventually get to the stadium. Those of us that have been in the military can totally sympathize with this (military travel sucks, even if it is 20 miles).
- Before you even get to leave the hotel there are a few short team meetings. There has been a crap load of detail, strategy, game film, and preparation within the last 2 weeks and this is the last chance for more information or any kind of a refresher of the most important bits.
- Once they finally arrive at the stadium and on the field they are finally comfortable in their environment. This is it…Time to roll.
- Kickoff means it is finally showtime.
Once showtime starts, as we have all seen, it takes a bit of time but sooner or later they get into the familiar rhythm, and get to do their job. One team will win, one will lose, but if is the finale, the last game, then it is vacation time. Some will retire after this some will return, either way it is a day they will remember for the rest of their lives.
Enjoy the game, and let’s all pray no one gets hurt.