The NFL offseason had been kind of quiet. Too quiet. Something was missing. Or amiss.
I thought it would happen. It always happened. But what if it didn’t happen? What would happen then?
And then…it happened.
On March 5, 2013 at 3:17 AM, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller tweeted the following:
— Von Miller (@MillerLite40) March 5, 2013
And with that, ladies and gentlemen…we have our first Super Bowl guarantee of the 2013 NFL season.
Miller may have been first. But he probably won’t be the last. There will likely be a few more Lombardi Trophy winners declared before the start of the season. New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan is always good for one. And last season, Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil took out a full-page ad in the Charlotte Observer to do so.
How did those teams fare? Well, the Panthers didn’t make the playoffs. And the Jets? Oh, you know the story. No one wants to go back and relive that. Suffice it to say, there are no photographs of Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan hoisting the Lombardi Trophy together. There may be a tattoo though. I’m not sure.
The first Super Bowl XLVIII victory declaration has been made. And Von Miller wins the prize. Unfortunately, the prize is not the Lombardi Trophy. In fact, the prize is usually an early trip to the offseason or, for a lucky few…an all expense paid trip to the NFL Pro Bowl.
But that doesn’t matter. And it doesn’t deter.
The only question now is…who’s next?