Losing one Super Bowl could mess with a man's mind for a good, long time. Losing four in a row? Well, that's gonna leave a mark. So it was no surprise that when Hall-of-Famer Jim Kelly, who piloted the Buffalo Bills to great seasons but Super Bowl losses in the 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993 seasons, showed the wounds in a joking sense during the NFL Network's Super Bowl coverage this morning. The conversation began with host Rich Eisen relaying the story of how tight security is around the Lombardi Trophy (apparently, Terry Bradshaw found this out the hard way a few years ago). Then, Kelly talked very intelligently about Peyton Manning(notes) and Drew Brees(notes), and expressed his hope that Andre Reed would be voted in the Hall of Fame this year.
But when the conversation turned to the site Kelly was there to promote (http://www.beonthefield.com/), which hosts a contest that will allow a few lucky fans to be on the field with the Super Bowl winners next year, you got to see Kelly's regret. "I've already logged on 30 times," Kelly said. "I want to be on the field with the confetti -- I never got a chance to do that!" Kelly then handed out mini chocolate bars to all on the set, and set a bag of M & Ms at the base of the trophy on set -- clearly an offer to the Football Gods, so that future Buffalo Bills teams will find more Super luck than Kelly's teams did.
I hope talking to the trophy had some therapeutic value for the man. Seriously, it's great to see a guy like Kelly satisfied enough with his life and at peace with his accomplishments to the point where he can spoof a bit on those losses.
- Jim Kelly