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What the Vince Lombardi Trophy Means to the Super Bowl Coaches

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What the Vince Lombardi Trophy Means to the Super Bowl Coaches

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and Denver Broncos head coach John Fox with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Photo by Brian Carriveau of CheeseheadTV.com.

In their final press conference before the Super Bowl, Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks and John Fox were both asked the significance of the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named after the legendary Green Bay Packers coach. Here's what they had to say...

John Fox:

“I think it’s a pinnacle for probably everybody that does what we do. It’s something you work really hard (for). As Pete (Carroll) mentioned earlier, you take individuals and try to paint a picture of where you want to get to. I think this is the pinnacle of it. Unlike different levels of football, there’s only one happy camper at that end. That’s going to be the team hoisting that trophy. (The trophy has a) great history and great memories. I think most of us, even out there, grew up and have a Super Bowl memory or moment, whether it was your team or an incredible play. It’s been a big part of all of our lives, I think. ‘Sweet’ would be a good answer for me.”

Pete Carroll:

“The trophy really does symbolize the ultimate challenge and competitiveness in our sport and in our world of coaching or playing. To dream about being in this position as a kid and then working all through the years of coaching, battling and watching other guys do it and for the first time for us, it’s a tremendous honor. It’s a tremendous opportunity and it creates an extraordinary challenge to see if you can be the one. It symbolizes a tremendous amount to all of us. We all live with that, our players and our coaches. It’s great to be here, and (I’m) thrilled to be doing it, too. It makes for so much fun. The whole build-up, the whole following, knowing it’s a global event on game day just adds to the fun of this thing. The challenge continues to be out there for us to reach for, so it’s very exciting.”

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