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mesaSteeler
02-01-2012, 05:59 AM
Ed: Memories of Super Bowl Lost Still Hurt
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 06:18
Written by Ed Bouchette
http://plus.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/pro-sports/steelers/114663-ed-memories-of-super-bowl-lost-still-hurt

Good morning from Indianapolis,

Chad Brown might have been one of the greatest linebackers to play for the Steelers -- had he stuck around longer.

Brown was the Lawrence Timmons of his time, only bettter. He's here this week working for a Denver radio station, a host from 10-noon in Denver on 104.7 The Fan (you can get the Ap and hear him if you'd like). We ran into each other Monday and I sought his opinion on a few things and, as usual, he was expressive and opinionated.

Brown, the team's second-round pick in 1993, broke in as an inside linebacker and started in the Super Bowl against Dallas. He moved to right outside linebacker when Greg Lloyd was severely injured in 1996 and he had 15 sacks that season. That propelled him to the top of the list of free agents and he made bags of money from the Seattle Seahawks. However, he did not become a big star there because he played outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense in an era when the outside linebackes needed a lot of sacks to get to the Pro Bowl. He made three of threm.

In 2005, he went to the New England Patriots. In 2006, he returned to the Steelers for a brief period in Bill Cowher's last season, and in 2007 he returned to the Patriots before calling it a very long and good career after 15 seasons.

He has one regret -- he never played for a Super Bowl winner. He was on two Super Bowl teams -- 1995 with the Steelers that lost to the Cowboys and 2007 with the Patriots unbeaten team that lost to the Giants.

"I got to New England the year after they won the Super Bowl, then I got to Pittsburgh after they won,'' Brown told me. "Then, I went back to New England for year 15, we had the perfect season and they lost. So, I chased that thing my last three years and never got it.''

He thought he had it in 2007, when the Patriots went 16-0 and then two playoff games.

"I can't say I thought it was a done deal but I said, wow, this is actually going to happen -- I had a national championship ring, a high school champiionship ring -- I'm going to have all rings at all levels. This is going to be awesome, it's going to complete my whole career. I had the personal accolades, but I never got the ring."

He received an AFC championship ring from the Steelers 1995 season and said them losing to the Cowboys in the Super Bowl ranks among his great disappointments.

"We had the momentum, we scored before the half, had the onside kick, things were going our way. That still hurts.

"This week every year, the NFL Network and ESPN shows those 30-minute Super Bowl specials. I find myself watching it every year, and I find myself having such heartache every year."

Does he blame Neil O'Donnell for losing that game?

"It's difficult not to,'' Brown said.

O'Donnell threw two killer interceptions that thwarted the Steelers comeback in the second half.

"One was the receiver's fault, one was his fault,'' Brown said. "We were on our way to getting that thing done. We held Emmitt to about 60 yards rushing, we shut down Michael Irvin; things were going our way."

A few of your questions:

--YOU: Hi, Ed--hope you are enjoying your time in Indy! Burning question (though trying not to beat a dead horse here): Do you have any expert insight on why the Steelers struggled so much on the road this year? They couldn't beat the good teams ( Bungles notwithstanding ) and struggled to beat the bad ones. I think they were due to lose one on the road in Denver after having eked out some close ones.

ME: They did beat one playoff team on the road, Cincinnati. They went 5-3 on the road overall, which isn't bad. Yes, they had trouble against then-winless Indianapolis. They lost by one touchdown to a good Houston team and 20-3 at San Francisco with Ben Roethlisberger fresh off his ankle sprain and James Harrison suspended. I don't know that their road record was that terrible. There's only one way to explain what happened in Denver -- Tim Tebow!

-- YOU: would think that is the equivalent to dropping napalm on your own career path. Presumably Tomlin is still in Pittsburgh. If he were in Indianapolis would he even speak off the record about Todd Haley? Am I wrong thinking it is very unlikely Haley is a serious contender for the job?

ME: I would be surprised if he hired Todd Haley. Remember, they interviewed Chan Gailey for the job before Tomlin got it because Bill Cowher asked them to. It would be no stretch if they asked Tomlin as a favor to interview Haley, who was a Steelers ballboy and whose father was their longtime personnel director.

Atlanta Dan
02-01-2012, 07:40 AM
Chad Brown says what a lot of us have thought for the past 16 years

Does he blame Neil O'Donnell for losing that game?

"It's difficult not to,'' Brown said.

Yep

Kanata-Steeler
02-01-2012, 08:48 AM
Yep, that's definitely one O'Donell wished he had back. You s.o.b Neil ! :)
Well, atleast we didn't blame our kicker for that loss.
But ya, "...thanks for the memory's..." -Lol

6RingsAndCounting
02-01-2012, 02:46 PM
Thank god I was only a youngin then so I don't have many memories of it, but hearing my dad talk about it, I can tell how bad it hurt.

Fire Arians
02-01-2012, 02:55 PM
Chad Brown says what a lot of us have thought for the past 16 years

Does he blame Neil O'Donnell for losing that game?

"It's difficult not to,'' Brown said.

Yep

that one still stings, especially with how great the defense was at neutralizing aikman and smith like i've never seen anyone do in the 2nd half. we had them on the ropes, and neil throws the game away.

with that said I think if neil stayed, we would have won another super bowl. he was the only quarterback capable of winning a championship in between the brawshaw and roethlisberger eras

replace kordell stewart with o'donnell in those years we made a few of those AFC championship games and who knows? o'donnell was 5x better than kordell

TRH
02-01-2012, 03:01 PM
a great example of a "could have been known as an all-time great" if he wouldn't have left and stayed with his team. For many reasons, not only the SB winning team.
Should've stayed put where he was.

stb_steeler
02-01-2012, 03:49 PM
Hell yeah i blame O'Donnell......Browns right, they had the game right where they wanted them until the 2 interceptions.... I hope hes still in hiding! :couch:

Ricco Suavez
02-01-2012, 03:57 PM
O'Donnell's ints are still a mystery to me. I mean the only person even close to the spot he threw was Brown. I often wondered if it was some mix up by QB or WR or both.

stb_steeler
02-01-2012, 04:51 PM
O'Donnell's ints are still a mystery to me. I mean the only person even close to the spot he threw was Brown. I often wondered if it was some mix up by QB or WR or both.

The best part of it is, why did he have to throw it at all when he wasnt even pressured. Its not like he was rushed and didnt have time to look around before he threw the ball.

zcoop
02-01-2012, 06:58 PM
The best part of it is, why did he have to throw it at all when he wasnt even pressured. Its not like he was rushed and didnt have time to look around before he threw the ball.

It was as if his azz was paid off.:mad:

Fire Arians
02-01-2012, 07:00 PM
It was as if his azz was paid off.:mad:

i don't know man, he just choked. I'm not sure any amount of money would convince a qb to throw a game as huge as the super bowl. most quarterbacks would probably rather be a millionaire super bowl mvp over being a billionaire who hasnt won shit, and will probably be forgotten after their career is over.

zcoop
02-01-2012, 07:30 PM
i don't know man, he just choked. I'm not sure any amount of money would convince a qb to throw a game as huge as the super bowl. most quarterbacks would probably rather be a millionaire super bowl mvp over being a billionaire who hasnt won shit, and will probably be forgotten after their career is over.

You prolly right but I'm just saying. That was jacked up and reek of some Mob chit.

Bayz101
02-01-2012, 07:37 PM
Looked to me like Neil was trying hard as hell to throw those interceptions. Jerry Jones probably bought that one.

Bayz101
02-01-2012, 07:44 PM
It is well documented however that the Hastings ran the wrong route on that play, and Neil threw it we're it was supposed to be. However, there was two other interceptions that day, and they both went right to the defense. Sometimes things just fall apart, that's how it works every now and then I guess.

Kanata-Steeler
02-04-2012, 02:03 PM
Thank god I was only a youngin then so I don't have many memories of it, but hearing my dad talk about it, I can tell how bad it hurt.

Well, basically it was similar to our recent SB-loss to GreenBay, our "O" kinda blew it ?,
except, that older one, against the Cowboys', just seems to still hurt, a lot more.

zcoop
02-04-2012, 03:12 PM
Well, basically it was similar to our recent SB-loss to GreenBay, our "O" kinda blew it ?,
except, that older one, against the Cowboys', just seems to still hurt, a lot more.

The older one's always gonna hurt with me more because it's one thing to get your azz whup but another to do it to yourself. That game wasn't gonna be close.

steeltheone
02-04-2012, 06:08 PM
Well, basically it was similar to our recent SB-loss to GreenBay, our "O" kinda blew it ?,
except, that older one, against the Cowboys', just seems to still hurt, a lot more.

The Steeler team that lost to Dallas was much better than the team that lost to GB.