Steve Sabol, who helped his father, Ed, found
Some of the strangest and most memorable Super Bowl stories are the ones that happen just after the game has ended.
Think back to the
We showed the film of that game to Shula, and we were looking at that shot. He said, "You know, I never said anything to anybody, but when I was being lifted out, somebody stole my watch. I could feel somebody grabbed my hand, and I wasn't sure why they were trying to grab my hand. When I got back to the locker room, I realized my watch was gone. Somebody ripped it off!"
We could see the watch on the film, but we couldn't see who it was that took it. That shot of Shula is from a low angle, but you can see hands reaching up and a whole sequence of people grabbing at him and trying to shake his hand. We couldn't pinpoint who it was.
That's something that could show up on EBay someday: Don Shula's perfect Rolex.
A few years earlier, Shula coached the
I was under the stands standing next to
And Pat would say, "Well it's Don Maynard, and it's George Sauer." And Pete said, "Who are the names on the defense?" So Pete was getting like a prep from Pat, so when Pete went in to present and talk to the players he knew their numbers and everything. He wasn't aware of that until the very end when he realized, "I'm going to have to present this trophy. I'm going to have to shake their hands."
You could see Pete's mind registering all these names so when he went in there he didn't want to call the player by the wrong name, he wanted to seem gracious and knowledgeable. I always thought that showed a lot about Rozelle that he really cared, he really wanted to know everybody's name, where they went to college.
Then, there was Super Bowl XXI at the Rose Bowl between Denver and the
McConkey was the guy that Parcells told before the game to run out of the tunnel ahead of everybody and wave the towel when they were playing "New York, New York." It was his job to get the crowd fired up. And he did.
He could have fired things up in a different way after the Giants won the game. We have a shot of him running off the field during the celebration and all of a sudden he stops, reaches down and picks up something. We weren't sure what it was at first. Turns out, it was a gun!
It must have fallen out of policeman's holster, and it was loaded. McConkey just picked it up and handed it to a security guy. Later, McConkey told us, "What a great night. If I'd have had more presence of mind, I would have started firing that gun into the air like one of those old Westerns."
Good thing he didn't think of that at the time.