Former St Louis Rams wide receiver Torry Holt is in the UK this weekend to help promote the Super Bowl and he took the time to tell GiveMeSport about his own experiences at the big game, and give us his own prediction for Super Bowl 50.
This weekend sees the Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos at Super Bowl 50 for a chance to have their names written in the history books. It's a day which many players treasure, and the Rams legend knows all about it.
Holt went to the Super Bowl twice with the Rams during his 12 seasons in the NFL, winning it in his rookie year back in the 1999 season against the Tennessee Titans, but losing against the New England Patriots two seasons later.
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He said: "[The Super Bowl] in my rookie year was such a blur. Things were happening really fast, I was still trying to learn about the culture of the NFL. At the same time, we were winning in a very impressive way and we had a lot of fun.
"In my second [Super Bowl] year, I remember being a lot more relaxed because I knew what to expect. The first year was just going, full of excitement, but both experiences were really good. We won the first one and lost the second one, but that was a really good football team I was apart of when we lost to the New England Patriots.
"Marshall Faulk, Aeneas Williams, Kurt Warner, Isaac Bruce, Orlando Pace, all these guys are Hall of Fame [worthy]. Though we lost that game, it was a very exciting season, 14-2, we smack some people around that year. I will always remember those guys and have tons of respect for both teams."
Holt knows the in's and out's of the Super Bowl week as much as any other player that has competed in the NFL's biggest game.
"It’s an exciting week," he said: "and I always told the players you should enjoy the week, but at the same time, you’re going to the Super Bowl for business, it’s a business trip. Keep that in mind but a lot of the guys have put a lot of time and energy to getting to this point so you have to enjoy it.
He continued: "Media day is already demanding. It’s every single day. During the regular season, it’s every other day, or you can pick a day, but during the Super Bowl, it’s every single day so you have to be ready for that. Embrace it. It is what it is, but at the end of the day make sure you’re focused on the job in hand and that is to try and win the Super Bowl."
Being from Raleigh, Carolina, there is only one team he thinks can win Super Bowl 50, the Carolina Panthers.
"My prediction is the Carolina Panthers. I’m from North Carolina, so I am a hometown boy. When I was growing up, the teams we watch were the Washington Redskins and the Pittsburgh Steelers, and then Mr. Richardson brought a team to Carolina so that immediately became our team, so I’m pulling for the Carolina Panthers over the Denver Broncos."
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