The New York Giants had been waiting for a championship since 1956 when quarterback Phil Simms and the rest of Big Blue took the Rose Bowl field on January 25, 1987 to take on John Elway and the AFC Champion Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI. As day turned into night, the game became a Simms coronation as he set SB records for most consecutive completions (10) and highest completion percentage (88 percent on 22 completions in 25 attempts) on his way to being named MVP of the game.

On Sunday, Simms will have the honor of announcing the 50th Super Bowl from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., where the Broncos and Panthers will square off to determine the 2015 Champion. Simms’ place in league history provides unique insights into the game and how the players will feel leading up to and during the game itself. When asked how he felt before the opening kickoff of his historic contest, he replied, “It was so long ago, it's hard to remember all those feelings, but running onto the field before that game started was almost as exciting as winning it.”

In this edition of The Bigelow Tea Sports Report, we sat down with Phil to get his thoughts on the matchup itself, his Super Bowl memories as a younger man, and his feelings about being on the call for such a significant event.
  1. How surprised are you that Peyton Manning is back in the Super Bowl considering how his season has gone?
 Super surprised. Why you ask? Because once Brock Osweiler settled into the position, I thought it was going to be tough for the Denver Broncos to make the switch back to Peyton Manning.
 
  1. What has changed in Cam Newton’s game over the years that’s seen him evolve into the MVP-worthy player he is today?
Experience, of course, great talent, and a tremendous tribute goes to the coaching staff which has designed an offense perfect for Cam Newton.
 
  1. How will the Carolina OL be able to contain Denver’s ferocious pass rush in a way that New England could not?
The Panthers offensive line has a better chance of containing Denver’s defensive pass rush because they run the ball so well, they are very good pass protectors, and, most of all, they have a quarterback that scares defensive pass rushers because he can take off and run at any time.
 
  1. With the Super Bowl now 50 years old, what are some of your fondest memories of the SB games you watched as a teen and collegian in Kentucky?
My fondest memories of being a fan and watching Super Bowls go back to the days of the Dallas Cowboys vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers because my idols were Terry Bradshaw and Roger Staubach. Watching those games—which were so exciting with so many tremendous plays by both quarterbacks—will be etched in my memory for the rest of my life.
 
  1. What does it mean to you personally to be calling the 50th Super Bowl?
I fell in love with football in high school and hoped to be a professional football player. To have that come true and now as a broadcaster get to call Super Bowl games, especially the 50th, is humbling, exciting, and a real honor.

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