Saturday, not Berry, should present trophy

December, 30, 2011
12/30/11
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Point 1) I fell in love with Raymond Berry when I read this excerpt from Mark Bowden’s book on The Greatest Game Ever Played. It’s the root of one of my football tenets: Do not slip.

[+] EnlargeJeff Saturday and Robert Kraft
AP Photo/Carolyn KasterPatriots owner Robert Kraft owner, left, is hugged by Jeff Saturday of the Indianapolis Colts after the lockout ended.
Point 2) I argue constantly that a team and the league, not the fans and the press, get to decide if a team that’s relocated retains its past. The only team that’s ever left its history behind is the Cleveland Browns.

What do the two have to do with each other?

The NFL announced it will honor Berry as part of the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. He will carry the Lombardi Trophy to the presentation. The connection, of course, is that Berry played for the Colts.

The Baltimore Colts.

I understand the “link,” but as part of a celebration of the host city, there is a complete disconnect. I’d never say Berry isn’t due an honor, but this isn’t the time.

Kudos to Scott McCauley, whose tweet on the topic spurred this post.
"Eric Dickerson should present the #SuperBowl trophy not Raymond Berry. Would Jim Brown present if game was in Baltimore?"

I don’t know about Dickerson. He’s a Ram to a lot of people.

The league is surely reluctant to use a current player.

But the perfect choice would be Jeff Saturday. He won a Super Bowl with the Colts, and he was an instrumental guy as a member of the NFLPA’s executive committee who was a giant influence on getting the CBA in place and saving the season.

Without him, maybe there wouldn't even be a presentation.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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