Around the NFL: Super Bowl brings LSU-OSU memories
San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois had one of his greatest football memories in the Superdome, where he won a national championship with Louisiana State against Ohio State in January 2008. Jean Francois also was voted MVP of that game.
“It was a good moment when I got a chance to hold that crystal ball and see that confetti,” he said.
As it turns out, the 49ers are staying in the same hotel and using some of the same meeting rooms that LSU used before that game. The memories are not so fond for two other 49ers players who were in that same title game but played for the Buckeyes.
“I don’t want to hear it,” linebacker Larry Grant said when asked whether the Superdome brings back bad memories. “All I’m thinking about is hoisting that Lombardi Trophy in a few days.”
Grant said Jean Francois hadn’t said a word to him about the game recently.
“He doesn’t want to bring that up with me,” Grant said. “I might slap him in the face.”
Offensive lineman Alex Boone, who also played for OSU in the 2008 game, said “it was a little weird coming back” when he walked onto the field against the New Orleans Saints earlier this season. Boone acknowledged that he somehow gets drawn into conversations with Jean Francois about the college title matchup, even though he has no interest in discussing it.
“We talk about it all the time, surprisingly, because I hate talking about it, but we always end up talking about it once a week,” Boone said. “It’s weird.”< /p>
Culliver apologizes for comments
49ers cornerback Chris Culliver apologized yesterday for anti-gay comments he made to a comedian on Tuesday at Super Bowl media day, saying “that’s not what I feel in my heart.”
“I’m sorry if I offended anyone. They were very ugly comments,” Culliver said. “Hopefully I learn and grow from this experience and this situation.”
He said he would welcome a gay teammate to the 49ers, a reversal of his earlier remarks. “I treat everyone equal,” he said. “That’s not how I feel.”
During the interview, Culliver said: “I don’t do the gay guys, man. I don’t do that. Ain’t got no gay people on the team. They gotta get up outta here if they do. Can’t be with that sweet stuff.”< /p>
Packers receiver Driver retires
Donald Driver, Green Bay’s all-time leading receiver, is retiring after 14 seasons with the Packers. The 38-year-old, a seventh-round draft pick in 1999, had a franchise-best 743 catches and 10,139 yards and was third with 61 touchdowns. He had seven 1,000-yard seasons and a 133-game stretch with at least one catch, also team records.“I’ve always said I never want to wear another uniform; I’ve always said that I owe it to the fans to retire as a Packer,” Driver said.