Feb
05

Stevie Johnson donates his Super Bowl XLVI tickets

(Special to NFL.com)

INDIANAPOLIS — I started the day off with a nice breakfast with my wife Britney. I am happy to share my Super Bowl XLVI experience with her and it was a nice vacation away from our two kids.

I had a great time hosting an event at the Colonial Club with Warren Moon. I got to meet a lot of the big money people who helped get the funding needed to bring the Super Bowl to Indianapolis.

The highlight of the day was meeting Mark Armstrong and his brother David Armstrong in Indy … even though David is a Patriots fan. Mark is the winner of a Super Bowl ticket giveaway that I hosted on Twitter prior to the Super Bowl. After experiencing the 49ers-Giants playoff game, I thought it would be nice give someone the opportunity to experience the energy and crazy vibe of the Super Bowl.

I took to Twitter and asked my followers to nominate someone other than themselves who they believed deserved the opportunity to win a ticket to the Super Bowl with a surprise guest. The goal was to inspire others to be selfless and think of others who were important to them. After a couple of days, it became apparent that Mark was going to be the winner.

Mark, a star high school quarterback at Clarence High School in Buffalo, N.Y., recently had lost his father to a heart attack. When I announced the contest, his friends, teammates, classmates,  family members and even people who didn’t know Mark directly, sent me tweet after tweet nominating Mark to win. Mark never responded or campaigned to get them to do that, he was humble and thanked those who did mention him. There had to be at least 300 mentions on why Mark should get the tickets.

Mark was the easy choice, but when I had my agent try to get a hold of his mom to see if Mark could go, it didn’t seem like it would happen. I don’t think his mom thought it was a real thing. They obviously were going through such an unimaginable time and to have “Stevie Johnson” calling them to say that her son won a chance to go to the Super Bowl was hard to believe. My agent got Mark’s cell number so I called him directly.

Originally, I was planning on only having one winner, with me being the surprise guest. When Mark’s mom told my agent that the only way Mark could go was if his older brother went with him, I gladly gave up my personal ticket so that Mark’s brother David could go. Mark and David had to suffer a great loss in their father, attending the funeral YESTERDAY.

Today, they get to go to the Super Bowl. I know it doesn’t take away the pain, but I sure hope it helps them escape for a couple of hours and enjoy the Super Bowl. Mark is a longtime Colts fan and David is a Patriots fan, so they both have something invested in the game.

I will be watching the game with my wife Britney in our hotel room. No better way to spend Super Bowl Sunday.

— Stevie Johnson

Feb
05

Darnell Dockett gives his Super Bowl prediction

Note: Cardinals DE Darnell Dockett is in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and will be sharing his experiences throughout the week on NFL.com.

My weekend in Indy was pretty good. I took time out of my offseason to work with NFL Play 60 and give back to the kids.

I made a few connections, hung out with some friends. I enjoyed it.

I left Indianapolis on Sunday morning because I wanted to watch the game at home with my family, and I didn’t want to get stuck in the crazy Monday travel out of Indy.

I’ll be watching the game on my plasma screen at a party with 70 people — 60 girls and 10 guys. For me a good Super Bowl party is all about the food — wings, pizza, all of the good stuff – and the commercials. I love the commercials.

I do have a prediction for the game. I got the Patriots by seven. I think both quarterbacks will play well, but I just don’t see Tom Brady losing to Eli Manning again.

Whichever team stops the run will do well, and I think Pats DT Vince Wilfork will have a big game. I see the Giants using double-coverage on Rob Gronkowski, and Wes Welker will have a big game.

My MVP? Brady. If the Giants win, then I gotta go with Manning.

– Darnell Dockett

Feb
05

Greg Jennings gets knocked out

Note: Packers WR Greg Jennings is in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and will be sharing his experiences throughout the week on NFL.com.

Feb
05

Super Bowl Sunday with Josh Cribbs

Note: Browns WR Josh Cribbs is in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and will be sharing his experiences throughout the week on NFL.com.

INDIANAPOLIS — After walking down the streets of Indy with a bunch of NFL fans, I hopped into a golf cart for the final stage of my trip to Lucas Oil Stadium for Super Bowl XLVI. I truly have had a great time these past couple of days in Indianapolis.

– Josh Cribbs

Feb
05

A look inside Lucas Oil Stadium with Josh Cribbs

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Note: Browns WR Josh Cribbs is in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and will be sharing his experiences throughout the week on NFL.com.

Feb
05

Greg Jennings to Spike Lee: Put me in your next movie

Note: Packers WR Greg Jennings is in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and will be sharing his experiences throughout the week on NFL.com.

INDIANAPOLIS — Here are some of my personal highlights from my past two days in Indy:

  • Hit the GQ party Friday night and met Andy Roddick and LL Cool J. That same night I went to the ESPN party and was lucky to meet Spike Lee and ask for a role in his next film.
  • Did a bunch of Radio Row interviews on Friday during which I promoted how I will be running Coke Zero’s Twitter account @CokeZero when I host the Maxim party Saturday night.
  • Made an appearance on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access” with LaMarr Woodley.
  • Got a chance to meet some amazing kids from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
  • Headed over to the Nike hospitality on Saturday suite to catch up with the Nike Football folks.  I got a chance to talk to some of their creative folks about ideas for the next batch of Be Great! T-shirts.
  •  Lastly, I attended the “NFL Honors” where I hung out with Rams RB Steven Jackson, his sister and our agents from Maximum Sports. I was also able to spend some quality time with the G.O.A.T.  Jerry Rice.

– Greg Jennings

Feb
04

Stevie Johnson takes in NFL Honors

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Note: Bills WR Stevie Johnson is in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and will be sharing his experiences throughout the week on NFL.com.

INDIANAPOLIS — Saturday night I attended the NFL Honors at the Murat Theater. Most of the people I thought would win took home awards.

I especially was happy to see Packers returner Randall Cobb win Play of the Year for his record-setting kickoff return in Week 1 against the Saints. Cobb’s a Kentucky guy like me, so I had to pull for him.

I feel everyone who won — Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees to name two — deserved to win.

– Stevie Johnson

Feb
04

Josh Cribbs: Indy is an NFL melting pot

Note: Browns WR Josh Cribbs is in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and will be sharing his experiences throughout the week on NFL.com.

INDIANAPOLIS — I’ve seen a lot of Cleveland Browns fans walking around Indy this week. It’s not just an overwhelming amount of Patriots, Giants and Colts fans.

Seeing the wide range of jerseys walking around town surprised me. When I went to Tampa, Fla., for the Steelers-Cardinals Super Bowl, it was pretty much all Steelers and Cardinals fans. It was all or nothing.

Here there are a lot of varieties. It’s really like an NFL melting pot. I took a pic of a family Friday and the boy was wearing Chad Ochocinco‘s Bengals jersey — but from when he was Chad Johnson. The girl had a Colts jersey.

The reason Indy’s a melting pot is because it’s so close to other NFL cities. Chicago, Cleveland and Cincinnati aren’t too far away.

– Josh Cribbs

Feb
04

Darnell Dockett’s Super Bowl week is all about the kids

Note: Cardinals DE Darnell Dockett is in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and will be sharing his experiences throughout the week on NFL.com.

INDIANAPOLIS — Even though I went to the ESPN and NFLPA parties on Friday night, the highlight of my week was doing the NFL’s Play 60 with the kids.

It was the best feeling to give back — just putting a smile on a kid’s face — and everything was revolving around the kids at this week’s Play 60 event inside the NFL Experience.

I was the quarterback– all-purpose quarterback — when we played flag football. I had great numbers. I had Aaron Rodgers numbers for one game, but then I had Tim Tebow numbers in another. We went 3-0, though. It was a great time.

– Darnell Dockett

Feb
04

A look into Stevie Johnson’s Indy weekend

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Note: Bills WR Stevie Johnson is in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and will be sharing his experiences throughout the week on NFL.com.

INDIANAPOLIS — On Saturday, I hung out at the DirectTV Celebrity Beach Bowl — that was pretty sweet.

We were chilling in the video 3D lounge and it was awesome watching Prime Time (Deion Sanders) play. I saw Warren Moon, Barry Sanders and David Arquette and talked to Jim Brown.

Snoop Dogg, though, was the coolest. He told me before the game was going to do something crazy when he scored — and he definitely did. I thought it was beast. He did what he wanted to do and was just having fun.

Would I bring that dance to the NFL? Not. At. All.

The highlight of my Friday night was seeing Drake perform. It was awesome seeing one of my favorite artists perform live.

Oh, one more thing: I met Spike Lee. He came by and said, “what’s up?” It was crazy. I didn’t even know he knew me.

— Stevie Johnson

Feb
04

Greg Jennings revisits his high school days

Note: Packers WR Greg Jennings is in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and will be sharing his experiences throughout the week on NFL.com.

I took time out of my busy Friday schedule to sit down with NFL.com’s video team to discuss some of my most memorable football moments, like when I hurt my elbow in high school. Here’s a video I took during the sit-down.

– Greg Jennings

Feb
04

An inside look at Dhani Jones’ shave

Note: Former NFL LB Dhani Jones is in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and will be sharing his experiences throughout the week on NFL.com.

As I detailed to you Friday, I took a break from the hectic pace in Indianapolis to get a proper shave at The Art of Shaving. Check out the above video for an inside look at how you get a legitimate straight-razor shave.

– Dhani Jones

Feb
04

Josh Cribbs mingles with Shaq, soaks in Drake at ESPN party

Note: Browns WR Josh Cribbs is in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and will be sharing his experiences throughout the week on NFL.com.

INDIANAPOLIS — Friday night I attended the ESPN The Magazine’s “NEXT” Party at a warehouse a couple of miles away from downtown Indy.

A dapper Josh Cribbs strikes a pose before checking out Drake on Friday night. (Special to NFL.com)

At first the party featured plenty of mingling, networking and exchanging of numbers with various players, and I spent most of the night chilling with Brandon Marshall. Eddie George and Cam Newton also were in the crowd, but I was especially excited to see Shaq.

I used to hang out with him a lot in Cleveland when he played for the Cavs. I remember when he first got to Cleveland. When I met him, I told him not to get up from the table because he’s so big, even if I’m standing on my tippy toes.

You know how big he is? Cam — who’s a pretty big dude himself — went up to talk to Shaq during the party and he was about half the size of “The Big Diesel.”

The event really turned into a party when Drake came on stage. I actually was getting ready to go to another party when he came on. I had forgotten all about him until then. But once he hit the stage, everyone got all hyped and started singing his songs.

He opened with a jam from an older album — not “Take Care” — but he did hit a mix of his new singles, too. Lil’ Wayne was in the house, but he didn’t make a cameo during the concert. There wasn’t a surprise appearance from Rick Ross, either. It was an awesome show, though; Drake killed it. I’d give it a 7 out of 10.

If I had to give you a rundown of my favorite concerts, the top three would have to include Beyonce, Wale and Jay-Z. The best show I’ve ever seen has got to be Jaime Foxx. I saw him a couple of years ago in Cleveland. Foxx has got to be No. 1 because he did comedy for an hour and then sang for an hour.

He made us laugh, and made the ladies cry. He dazzled everybody.

– Josh Cribbs

Feb
04

E! True Hollywood Story: Greg Jennings edition

Packers WR Greg Jennings was interviewed by E! before the GQ party on Friday night. (Special to NFL.com)

Note: Packers WR Greg Jennings is in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and will be sharing his experiences throughout the week on NFL.com.

Friday night I attended GQ’s Party presented by Lacoste. But before I hit the party scene, I spent a couple of minutes chatting with E!

– Greg Jennings

Feb
03

Josh Cribbs: Man on the street

Note: Browns WR Josh Cribbs is in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and will be sharing his experiences throughout the week on NFL.com.

While doing some last-minute shopping two days before Super Bowl XLVI, I ran into a young family of four at an Indianapolis mall. I just couldn’t let the encounter pass without getting a Super Bowl prediction.

– Josh Cribbs

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