To say that the Super Bowl is huge for broadcasters would be an understatement.

Since 1967, the best teams from each of the NFL’s conferences have met in the Super Bowl to determine the league champion. The Super Bowl’s history is so revered that even the simplest of descriptions, such as “The Catch” and “Philly Special,” can bring up vivid memories, and virulent reactions depending on a fan’s perspective.

Nine of the 10 most-watched individual programs in American television history are different iterations of the Super Bowl, the one exception being the series finale of M*A*S*H. Advertisers spend millions just to get mere seconds of airtime to showcase their commercials in between moments of the game.

Super Bowl 52 was the second-highest scoring Super Bowl of all time and had a combined 1,151 yards of offense. Those 1,151 yards were the most in any game this season, regular or postseason, and set the all-time record for the most combined total yardage in a playoff game.

But despite the risks, which the players know well, the NFL’s tough-guy mentality resists change, and players have bristled against new rules designed to lighten the impact.

“I understand they want the sport to be safer,” All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu says in the book. “But eventually you’re going to start to take away from the essence of this game, and it’s not really going to be the football that we all love.”

Not bad company.

“It’s very impressive what they’ve done, continue to accomplish,” Rodgers added. “They get guys to buy into what they’re doing, get them to fall in line, and they win. That’s what they do. It’s impressive to watch because you know how difficult it is to get there.”

Even Brady, who claimed his third NFL MVP award this season, can’t quite believe the success he and Belichick have enjoyed over the years.

“To be here once is incredible,” Brady said last Monday. “To be here eight times? That’s NHL Jerseys China crazy. I’ve been blessed to play for the best coach in the history of Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping football. I’ve been very lucky.”

Wilton Speight likely out for season with 3 broken vertebrae

Michigan Wolverines senior quarterback Wilton Speight has three broken vertebrae in his back, a source confirmed to ESPN.

ESPN’s Chris Fowler first reported Speight’s injury at the top of ABC’s Saturday night broadcast of Michigan State’s 14-10 upset of Michigan in Ann Arbor. “Wilton Speight … he is out, probably for the season,” Fowler said. “He has three broken vertebrae, he told us.”

More often than not, that path leads through some sort of tunnel. And more often than not, that tunnel is actually a funnel. What starts as a hallway wide enough for teammates to enter four-wide is gradually condensed, growing smaller and smaller until it’s so tight the kicker might consider traveling sideways. An offensive lineman might consider therapy. At Arizona, visitors Nike NFL Jerseys descend into a hole that feels like a garbage chute, custom built for the fans above to deposit NHL Jerseys China whatever they have in their hands. Notre Dame’s just-unveiled path for opponents to find the playing field looks like a real-life M.C. Escher painting. Only, instead of surrealist’s preferred color black, this tunnel has been painted mustard brown.

“When we went to Washington State our locker room was a five- to seven-minute hike away,” recalled Mike Belotti, who spent 22 seasons at Oregon, from offensive coordinator to head coach to AD. “It wasn’t in the stadium. It was in a building across from the stadium. Sort of. You went down a long, skinny tunnel and that emptied out behind an old gym and then into a hallway. Halftime was only 15 minutes, so by the time you got [to the locker room], it was time to turn around and go back.”