NEW ORLEANS Tom Brady is not playing in the Super Bowl. Neither is Ben Roethlisberger or either of the Mannings.
This Super Bowl has a pair of fresh faces in Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco, one of whom will leave New Orleans as the latest and greatest at football’s glamour position.
For each, this is new territory.
Flacco, the only quarterback to win a playoff game in each of his first five NFL seasons, will lead the AFC champion Baltimore Ravens into Sunday’s matchup with second-year QB Kaepernick and the NFC winners, the San Francisco 49ers. Not exactly a superstar matchup yet.
It’s the first time in a decade that neither Brady, Roethlisberger, Eli Manning or Peyton Manning has gotten to the Super Bowl.
CBSSports.com’s Clark Judge says Flacco’s journey to the Super Bowl can be traced to his college decision to leave Pittsburgh for Delaware.
He left Pittsburgh, notifying (Pitt coach Dave) Wannstedt of his decision a week after the conclusion of spring workouts, and stuck by his decision when Wannstedt later flew to Flacco’s New Jersey home to try to talk him into staying.
"He had his mind made up," said Wannstedt. "It was just unfortunate. He was in a time jam, so we never had a chance to connect."
So Flacco went to Delaware, had a decent junior season, then shot up the charts in 2007 when he had 23 touchdowns and 5 interceptions, Judge notes.
"Flacco not only hasn’t missed a game since the Baltimore Ravens made him a first-round draft choice in 2008; he’s gone to the playoffs every season; won at least one postseason game every year; went to three conference championship games; produced an 8-4 playoff record and is about to participate in his first Super Bowl," Judge writes. "All of that’s swell, but it probably doesn’t happen if Flacco doesn’t make the decision to leave for Delaware."
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