Our second Super Bowl experience was much better as we all know. In 1971 I learned to revere Roger Staubach and to detest Craig Morton. In fact for many years, looking back on Super Bowl V, I blamed the loss on him because there were so many costly turnovers. I read recently that Roger thought he could have won that game. So do I. Baltimore made mistakes too, but ours cost us more.
Super Bowl VI was an entirely different story. Chuck Howley was as dominant in the second Super Bowl as he had been in the first when he won the MVP award, still the only member of a losing squad to do so, and the first non QB ever to win it as well. It would not have shocked me if he had been a back to back winner of the award. Instead the award went to Roger, and it was richly deserved. Roger picked apart the Miami Dolphins “No Name Defense” that day. Combine that with Doomsday completely shutting down the Dolphins vaunted running attack of Jim Kiick, Mercury Morris, and Larry Csonka, and the result was a 24-3 thrashing of the Dolphins. In the locker room after the game I distinctly remember a different Bob Lilly. He was in the locker room impersonating Red Auerbach with a victory cigar.
Of course I remember the strange interview Tom Brookshier had with Duane Thomas. He asked Duane if he was really that fast. To which Duane Thomas replied, “Apparently.” That was all he said. Accompanying Thomas to the interview was the great Cleveland Browns Running Back, Jim Brown. He hadn’t played a down in the game, but he gave the interview, or rather sound bites from there. It was really strange. Duane Thomas faded into NFL obscurity almost as fast as he ran that day.
To this day no player has ever meant more to me than Roger Staubach did, and does. It began that season as I fell in love with the game, and with the team, and Roger Staubach’s playing ability. It culminated for me with that win, which is still as sweet after all these years. I believe Super Bowl VI is my favorite of them all for those very reasons.