The NFLPA Legends panel took on the subject of winning Super Bowl titles.
Between the five men on the panel— John Lynch, Ronnie Lott, Floyd Little, Joe Greene and Eddie George— there are nine Super Bowl rings. Joe Greene and Ronnie Lott each won four titles while John Lynch's Tampa Bay Buccaneers were crowned Super Bowl champions once. Eddie George played well in Super Bowl XXXIV, but his Tennessee Titans fell one yard short of sending the game to overtime, losing to the St. Louis Rams, 23–16.
Joe Greene said that, before he played in his first Super Bowl (Super Bowl IX, versus the Minnesota Vikings), he was nervous and just kept telling himself not to trip and fall when he ran onto the field. Greene didn't trip, but plenty of his opponents fell because of him.
Greene talked about the fact that a player has no way of controlling circumstances around him. He doesn't draft the other players. He doesn't assemble the team. So, he has to play within those parameters. Joe was fortunate to have played alongside some of the greats in history.
And they were fortunate to have played with him.
Both Greene and Ronnie Lott talked about the commitment to excellence— from players, coaches and the organization— necessary to win multiple championships.
The highlight of the conversation was when Denver Broncos legendary running back Floyd Little quipped, "I want to talk about what it's like not to have played in a Super Bowl. I need everybody to understand that I never played in the Super Bowl. I want you to understand how I feel. I had it so bad. When I retired from the Denver Broncos, then they went to the Super Bowl."
"I was trying to figure out how I could sue my parents for having me too soon."
The crowd erupted in laughter and applause.
The self-effacing Little did not mention that when he played for the Broncos, he was about the only thing they had going. He was a special player.
Floyd Little retired in 1975, but was not inducted into the Hall of Fame until 2010. It was an overdue honor.
Still, you have to wonder if he wouldn't trade that yellow Hall of Fame jacket for a championship ring. After all, everyone on the panel agreed that football is about team.