Monday, February 2, 2009

Team or self? A comparison off Super Bowl XLIII reflection

After watching the Super Bowl between the Cardinals and Steelers, I decided to compare two stars from the game: Larry Fitzgerald from the Cardinals, and Santonio Holmes from the Steelers. Both are wide receivers who made clutch touchdown passes, giving their team the lead late in the game. Fitzgerald’s came with just a few minutes left in the game, while Holmes’ TD catch came with less than a minute left to play.
While both are spectacular athletes with a true gift for playing football, there was one difference that I noticed between the two. Every time Fitzgerald caught the ball, he would immediately get up, toss the ball to the nearest referee, and go back to his team huddle. Holmes, on the other hand, would strut around and show off after every catch he made, even the ones that were hardly significant. At one point, late in the game, when his team needed to run a hurry-up offense, he made a great catch near the end zone. Instead of hurrying back to the line of scrimmage, however, he strutted around and wasted time, forcing his team to call a timeout.
While many players show off and dance around after making great plays, it seems that the players who are humble enough to act like they have made big plays before and simply go back to their huddle are the ones who deserve the most recognition. Granted, Holmes and the Steelers won the game, and Holmes made one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl history, clinching the win with just seconds to go. But he also made himself look childish compared to the behavior of his counterpart, Larry Fitzgerald.

~ Ben Pressley

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