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Old 01-27-2007, 08:47 PM   #1
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Default SB XLI Will Test Ex-Bear's Allegiances

Saw this article on Yahoo! - pretty good read:


Ex-Bear Moorehead to cheer for son's Colts

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer
January 26, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Emery Moorehead says blood trumps team loyalty -- barely.

Moorehead won a Super Bowl ring as a tight end for the 1985 Chicago Bears. More than two decades later, son Aaron Moorehead will seek his own ring when his Indianapolis Colts face the Bears on Feb. 4 in Miami.

"I'm pulling for my son," said Emery, a Chicago-area real estate agent. "I want him to win a Super Bowl. For him to have a Super Bowl ring and for me to have one, that's pretty rare.

"My heart's with the Bears, but I'm sticking with the Colts."

Aaron Moorehead, however, questioned his father's allegiances.

"Don't believe him," he said. "I think he's undecided right now. I've seen a couple of things he's done in Chicago and a couple of things he's done in Indy, and I would definitely say he's playing both sides of the fence."

The younger Moorehead described his family story line as "wild."

"You can't ask for more of a Hollywood story," he said. "It's nuts. But I'm enjoying it, the family's enjoying it. My dad's enjoying it, probably more than I am, I think."

Emery Moorehead said he respects the Colts, but he stopped short of saying they could have competed with the '85 Bears. That Chicago team didn't allow a point in the NFC playoffs and beat New England 46-10 in the Super Bowl.

"The '85 Bears are the best of all time," he declared. "Our team was so strong, especially defensively."

His son said he didn't realize as a 5-year-old how good that Bears team was.

"I remember going to Halas Hall and hanging out with some of the other players and the players' sons," he said. "We were out there running around. We were just kids having a good time."

The Colts wide receiver has come to appreciate the '85 team's achievements.

"That season was special," he said. "Now, especially as I'm older, playing at this level, you really appreciate how good of a team they had and what it meant back then to even be a part of that."

The '85 Bears and '06 Colts are dramatically different, starting with their quarterbacks. Chicago's Jim McMahon was a wacky character who wore headbands and short sleeves and referred to himself as the "punky QB" in the Bears' famed "Super Bowl Shuffle" music video.

Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning has more of an "aw-shucks" charm, a demeanor shared by much of his team.

"Those guys and our team are completely different," Aaron Moorehead said. "They (the Bears) had personalities on top of personalities on top of personalities, and we're more of a conservative, go-about-our-business type of thing. We don't need all the limelight, we don't need all the attention, and they thrived off that."

He said a lot of friends -- and even some family members -- in the Chicago area won't be cheering for him come Super Bowl Sunday. But they've had no problem asking for tickets.

"I think I've talked to everybody I've ever known in my life the last three or four days, asking for tickets and wanting different things."

With text messaging, cell phones and e-mail -- none of which Emery Moorehead had to deal with in the 1980s -- the potential distractions are greater than ever.

"More people can get in touch with you today," the elder Moorehead said. "I told him don't worry yourself about pleasing everybody."

Aaron Moorehead hopes to have an impact on the game. He caught eight passes for 82 yards in the regular season, then caught five passes for 41 yards in three playoff games.

"Toward the end of the year, I've been playing a lot better and getting some more reps and getting a lot more balls, so it's nice," he said. "I'm glad I can have that momentum going into the Super Bowl."
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Good luck to both teams... and coaches..... and
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