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In today’s article, I take you back 18 years to one of my favorite Super Bowls. The game ended just as I wanted it to and one of my favorite players of all time had accomplished his dream!
There are some sporting events that have lasted with me since I saw them. Super Bowl XXXII is one of them. I had waited for a long time to see John Elway win the Super Bowl. He was nearing the end of his career and hadn’t done well in his previous appearances.
He was facing the mighty Green Bay Packers and their superstar quarterback, Brett Favre. It didn’t seem likely that the Denver Broncos would topple the defending Super Bowl Champions.
It had been over a decade since an AFC team defeated an NFC team.
So I was hanging onto the edge of my seat as I watched the final moments unwind. I don’t like the Green Bay Packers and the thought of seeing them win another Super Bowl was almost too much for me to handle.
Then it happened. Denver stopped the mighty Favre in his last ditch attempt to create some heroics. It was over. John Elway and his Denver Broncos had won their first Super Bowl.
John had done it. It was one of my favorite Super Bowl moments. Although Elway would return the next year and win the big game again, the 1998 game was Elway’s. He showed heart and determination to win the game.
He also gave up his aging body. He left nothing on the field and earned a rightful place as one of the game’s greatest players.