Former NFL Center Bart Oates Has Unique Perspective on Super Bowl
Bart Oates has a unique perspective on the Super Bowl - actually he has three unique perspectives. As the center for both the New York Giants (1985-1993) and the San Francisco 49ers (1994-1995), he got two hoist the Lomardi Trophy three times.
He joined Jeff Thurn on Tuesday’s edition of Overtime on ESPN 99.1 to talk about the Super Bowl and the college experience.
Oates, who played center for Brigham Young University, said that playing in front of passionate college fans has its own unique experience.
That place where you get 60 to 80 or 100,000 people who are congregating to root for their team, and many do it with the rivalries that exist. BYU-Utah, Michigan State-Michigan, and list goes on and on. On a Saturday afternoon, it doesn't get much better than that.
Of course Oates, who played in New York for the Giants, doesn't see an issue with playing the Super Bowl outdoors in the winter.
I think the weather is getting nice. It's warmed to 18 degrees. They say it may be in the 40's without wind. Phenomenal conditions. It's basically for the fan base out there going around NFL boulevard. Dress up warm and enjoy it. It's an experience and used to be a couple of days before and now stretches out to a week and beyond. I've been fortunate to be on the host committee for the Super Bowl and have been working on it for the last three years. So, its great to see the progress and everything come together.
To hear more of Bart Oates interview with ESPN 99.1's Jeff Thurn, listen below. Jeff is live from New York City from Super Bowl 48 on Radio Row all week.