Flint’s Andre Rison understands the magnitude of Super Bowl XLV

February 5, 2011

By Eric Woodyard | The Flint Journal

FLINT, Michigan — Flint Northwestern graduate Andre “Bad Moon” Rison has never been one to mince his words. The former-NFL wide receiver doesn’t plan on starting now.

As we approach the brink of Super Bowl XLV, Rison didn’t foreshadow the game’s conclusion; his insight leads him to believe he knows the answer.

“I’m not good at predicting, I ‘m like good at almost knowing though,” Rison declared. “I gotta have it 28-14, Green Bay.”

As the Green Bay Packers prepare to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Cowboys Stadium this evening, Rison can’t help but to relive the memories he has of suiting up for Super Bowl XXXI. On Jan. 26, 1997, Rison helped the Packers advance past the New England Patriots, 35-21, in the franchise’s most recent championship victory. He caught a 54-yard touchdown bomb from Brett Favre on the second play of the game. Rison’s catch set the tone and put the Packers up 7-0.

“You never forget the memories and the teammates that you played with, those are always your friends,” Rison reflected. “I caught the first touchdown in the Super Bowl, first pass of the game from Brett Favre. That right there, knowing that one day I will have to answer to God’s call in battle’s field and be in the databank of the game of football I believe that probably was the wildest thing that I’ve grasped so far from the Super Bowl.”

In 12 professional seasons, Rison gathered 743 receptions for 10,205 yards. He also scored 84 touchdowns and averaged 13.7 yards per catch but his catch in the Super Bowl put the stamp on his career.

“(I enjoy) the longevity of people remembering that you played in it,” Rison said. “I can’t go no where in the country right now and when people see me or talk to me they bring up the Super Bowl.”

He began his career in 1989 with the Indianapolis Colts and played for the Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, before finishing with the Oakland Raiders in 2000. His tenure as a professional football player allowed him to form close bonds with several of the participants in this year’s title game. Rison says he still maintains a close relationship with Packers head coach, Mike McCarty, who was an assistant coach with the Kansas City Chiefs when Rison was on the squad. He also considers Green Bay players Greg Jennings and Charles Woodson his “little brothers.” He hopes the unit will seize their opportunity in front of the bright lights.

“It’s totally different than the regular season. I mean, you’re talking about a once in a lifetime chance to actually play in front of not only millions of fans but also all of your peers,” Rison said. “We don’t get a chance to watch each other play too much, not unless we see each other on film or we see some highlights.”

“But you know you got everybody that’s involved in the National Football League as a player, as a past player, as alumni, everybody’s glued to that game and that’s your chance where you get to lay it all on the line, and one chance where you can change your whole football career just in that one game,” Rison added.

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