Douglas: Super Bowl Will Be "Bananas In Atlanta"

Tom Brady and the Patriots know all about Super Bowl fanfare, but what about Jared Goff and the Rams?

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
January 23, 2019 - 10:01 am

USA Today Images

Categories: 

Hugh Douglas has played in a Super Bowl. In fact, that was the final game of his career. He was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles squad that lost to the New England Patriots, 24-21, in Super Bowl XXXIX February 2005.

Still, he knows what it means to play in this game and offered that perspective on CBS Sports Radio.

“It’s pretty tough because you have a lot of people (to account for),” Atlanta’s 92.9 The Game host said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “You’re going to come down here, you try to get the ticket requests out of the way right away – you got to take care of all of that. But the fanfare . . . it’s going to be bananas here in Atlanta. There’s already a lot of stuff going on here in Atlanta anyway. Now that you have the Super Bowl coming and the weather is going to be pretty nice, it’s going to be bananas here. 

“As a player, you want to be a part of the festivities,” Douglas continued, “but as a player, you got to understand that you’re here to take care of business. You’re here to try to become a champion and be immortalized in the history books, so that’s where you got to maintain your focus. If you look at the Rams, they got a lot of young players over there, so they got to be sure that they remain focused.”

That might not be an issue for Tom Brady, who is playing in his ninth Super Bowl, but it could be an issue for 24-year-old Jared Goff and his young teammates.

“Their starting quarterback, Jared Goff, was talked about as being a bust,” Douglas said, “and so now you go from being a bust to the new kid on the block and you’re playing against the GOAT. You have to make sure that you keep all of those young guys (focused). And let’s not forget that Todd Gurley is from Georgia and played at UGA. So you got to make sure that you maintain your focus and don’t get caught up in all the fanfare that’s going on around you.”