It’s Super Bowl Sunday, so the blog is bringing out the big guns today. Randy King is back on the scene for the day. He got in touch with Cornell Brown to talk about the Hokies assistant coach’s time as a Baltimore Ravens linebacker.
Here’s how Randy’s story in today’s paper starts:
Don’t bother trying to reach Cornell Brown on Sunday night.
The Virginia Tech assistant football coach will be tied up. He has a huge game to play.
While the former Tech All-American defensive end made his last NFL tackle in 2004, Brown will suit up as the area’s biggest cheerleader for the Baltimore Ravens when they face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.
Brown played seven seasons with the Ravens and was a backup outside linebacker on the 2001 title club that routed the New York Giants 34-7 in Super Bowl XXXV. He remains close friends with Ravens star middle linebacker Ray Lewis, who will be playing the final game of his 17-year NFL career.
“Oh, man, it’s a great time,” Brown said. “You see a guy like Ray Lewis, who has done it for 17 years and now has the opportunity to go out the way he wants to go out. That’s one of the biggest draws to the game for me because he was a guy I played with. I’ve won a Super Bowl with him and I’m just happy that he’s still able to do it and has the opportunity to do it again. …
“It’s an awesome time, man, you’re a part of that organization, you won something there, the first team ever to win a championship there, … and to see them to be able to get back there, that’s amazing!”
A couple other things:
- Aaron McFarling is back writing columns again. Here’s his Super Bowl one in today’s paper (with a prediction, of course).
- If you missed my story on Ravens quarterback Tyrod Taylor earlier this week, you can read it here.
- Also, here’s a list of Virginia Tech and Virginia players who have been on Super Bowl teams.
- In non-Super Bowl news, former Virginia Tech quarterback Bruce Arians was named the NFL’s Coach of the Year, an amazing feat considering he was an interim coach for the Colts most of the year. He took the Arizona Cardinals head coaching job last month.