1. A decade ago, Mike Minter, head coach of the Campbell University football team, was a starting safety on the Carolina Panthers team when they met the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII on Feb. 1, 2004, in Houston, Texas. Playing in the Super Bowl was a thrill, Minter recently told We Are Campbell. “You feel like a little kid going to Disney World for the very first time. With all the lights, the fireworks, the people, it’s unbelievable.”
2. With just over a quarter remaining in the game, Minter broke his foot while hitting Patriots tight end Daniel Graham six yards from the end zone to prevent a touchdown. “I felt a pop,” Minster said in a 2013 Campbell Magazine profile. “When you’re playing and the adrenaline is flowing in a game like that, you don’t feel the pain. When the play’s over? Ha… it was throbbing.”
3. But Minter kept playing and went on to have six of his career-high 18 tackles in the game after he broke his foot. “Go back and watch it again, and you see me hobbling around every after play,” he told Campbell Magazine. “It was pretty bad.”
4. The Panthers ended up losing to New England when Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri made a 41-yard field goal with 4 seconds left. “The disappointment that we didn’t get it done” is what first comes to mind when Minter thinks back to the game, he told Campbell Magazine. “You have fond memories of preparation, all the games that led to it, running out of the tunnel and other things like that,” he said. “When I look back, it’s always that field goal at the end of the game that beat us. The first thing that comes to your mind after that is that you were so close, and you didn’t get it done.”
5. What will it take to for the Denver Broncos or the Seattle Seahawks to get it done Sunday in Super Bowl XLVIII? Defense, Minter recently told We Are Campbell. “You win games with offense. You win championships with defense.” So who has the defense to win? Minter wouldn’t make a prediction, but he did say he was impressed with the Seahawks’ defensive tactics.
Editor’s note: This was drawn from a profile of Coach Minter published in the Fall 2013 Campbell Magazine written by Billy Liggett and from a recent interview with Minter by student volunteer Rachel Davis. To read more about Coach Minter’s Super Bowl experience and how it affects him as a coach, read the Campbell Magazine profile of him. | Photo by Bennett Scarborough