There’s about two minutes on the clock, 90 yards of grass between the line of scrimmage and the end zone.
What goes through your head when you’re an All-Pro wide receiver about to take the field with your team trailing by one point in the Super Bowl?
If you’re Andre Reed of the Buffalo Bills, you’re just trying to shush the voices in your helmet.
“I felt like there were all these people inside my helmet,” says Reed, who now lives in Del Mar. “I had a whole bunch of people talking in my helmet: ‘You know you’re gonna get the ball.’ ‘We’ve got to get it down here in field goal range.’”
The challenge is to tune out the voices, rise to the occasion, and execute on the biggest stage in all of sports.
There’s pressure. And then there’s Super Bowl-wattage pressure, when the game is on the line, the world is watching, and failure, it seems, is not an option.
Overcome the pressure, and you will be heralded as World Champion as you hold up the Vince Lombardi trophy in front of millions of fawning fans and frenzied media.