NFL Super Bowl XLIII Coin Toss and Trophy
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NFL Super Bowl XLIII: Coin Toss and Trophy
NFL Celebrates Four Decades of Greatness At Super Bowl XLIII
NFL CELEBRATES FOUR DECADES OF GREATNESS
AT SUPER BOWL XLIII
Swann, Craig & Elway to Participate in Coin Toss;
Namath in Vince Lombardi Trophy Presentation
The NFL will salute four decades of champions during Super Bowl XLIII at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay on Feb. 1, it was announced today.
The Super Bowl coin toss ceremony moments before the start of the game will include greats from Super Bowls 10, 20 and 30 years ago — LYNN SWANN (Super Bowl XIII, 1979), ROGER CRAIG (Super Bowl XXIII, 1989) and JOHN ELWAY (Super Bowl XXXIII, 1999). JOE NAMATH (Super Bowl III, 1969) will participate in the Vince Lombardi Trophy presentation following the game. Both will be televised live by NBC
Viewed by more than 148 million people in the U.S. last year, the Super Bowl is annually the nation’s most-watched TV program. The game also will be broadcast in more than 230 countries and territories.
Swann, Craig and Elway join an esteemed list of Super Bowl coin toss participants, including MARIE LOMBARDI, wife of Vince Lombardi; and Pro Football Hall of Famers EARL CAMPBELL, FRANK GIFFORD, RED GRANGE, GEORGE HALAS, DON HUTSON, TOM LANDRY, DAN MARINO, BRONKO NAGURSKI, ALAN PAGE, ART SHELL, and GENE UPSHAW (see below for complete list of past coin toss participants).
The two-tone commemorative flip coin is silver with 24kt gold highlights and is minted by The Highland Mint Company. The coin will feature the Super Bowl XLIII logo on one side and the Lombardi Trophy and competing team logos on the other.
Namath will continue the tradition of Super Bowl legends in the Lombardi Trophy ceremony, which began with Bart Starr’s participation in Super Bowl XL. Previous participants include Coach Don Shula (Super Bowl XLI) and Doug Williams (Super Bowl XLII).
Namath led the New York Jets to a 16-7 victory over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III and claimed the Most Valuable Player award. Namath became the first player ever to pass for 4,000 yards, posting 4,007 in 1967, and finished his Hall of Fame career with 27,663 passing yards and 173 touchdowns.
Swann earned four Super Bowl rings with the Pittsburgh Steelers and claimed the game’s MVP award in Super Bowl X. The Hall of Fame member received All-Pro recognition in 1975, 1977 and 1978 notching 336 receptions, 5,462 yards and 51 touchdowns throughout his career.
The first player to score three touchdowns in a Super Bowl, Craig earned three Super Bowl rings during his career, including the 49ers’ Super Bowl XXIII victory. Craig made four Pro Bowl appearances and rushed for 13,143 yards and 73 career touchdowns.
The Super Bowl XXXIII MVP, Elway led the Denver Broncos in their five Super Bowl appearances during his tenure. Voted the NFL’s MVP in 1987, Elway, also a member of the Hall of Fame, passed for 51,475 yards and 300 touchdowns during his career.
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HISTORY OF SUPER BOWL COIN TOSS
Hugh McElhenny (with President Ronald Reagan on video)
Bart Starr, representing 17 MVPs present
Nick Buoniconti, Bob Griese and Larry Little
Mel Blount, Terry Bradshaw, Art Shell and Willie Wood
Otto Graham, Joe Greene, Ray Nitschke and Gale Sayers
Joe Montana, representing 25 MVPs present
Mike Ditka, Tom Flores, Tom Landry, Chuck Noll, George Seifert and Hank Stram
Joe Gibbs, Eddie Robinson and Doug Williams
Raymond Berry, Sam Huff, Roosevelt Brown, Art Donovan, Frank Gifford, Tom Landry, Gino Marchetti, Don Maynard, Lenny Moore, Jim Parker and Andy Robustelli
Bud Grant, Lamar Hunt, Bobby Bell, Paul Krause, Willie Lanier, Alan Page and Jan Stenerud
Marcus Allen, Ottis Anderson, Tom Flores and Bill Parcells
Former President George H.W. Bush and Roger Staubach
Miami Dolphins Hall of Famers from Undefeated ’72 Team: Don Shula, Bob Griese, Larry Csonka, Larry Little, Jim Langer, Nick Buoniconti and Paul Warfield
Hall of Famers from Texas—Earl Campbell, Ollie Matson, Don Maynard, Y.A. Tittle, Mike Singletary and Gene Upshaw
Four young players, ages 7-10, from Jacksonville’s Pop Warner and Police Athletic League teams and two coaches from New Orleans and Hyattsville, Maryland (2004 NFL HS COY)
Tom Brady, representing the 31 Super Bowl MVPs in attendance.
Dan Marino and Norma Hunt
Craig Walsh (son of Bill Walsh), Ronnie Lott, Jerry Rice and Steve Young
Lynn Swann, Roger Craig and John Elway
HISTORY OF VINCE LOMBARDI TROPHY PRESENTATION
Coach Don Shula
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