SUPER BOWL LI

Medill News Service Coverage of Super Bowl LI in Houston, February 2017

New England Patriots’ Trey Flowers shares Super Bowl success with his father

By Brent Schwartz
Reporting from Houston

Robert Flowers Jr. packed his things, and planned his trip to go watch his son, New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers, play football. It’s a trip Robert has made several times over the years, driving to stadiums across the country..

This time was different. Robert was flying to Houston to watch his son play in the Super Bowl.

For Robert, the trip was well worth it, as Trey was instrumental in the Patriots thrilling 34-28 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons, notching 2 ½ sacks. When the confetti fell on the field after the game, the moment was as sweet for Robert as it was for his son.

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Former NFL player hopes his technology will decrease concussion rates

By Allie Burger
Reporting from Houston

The Super Bowl has come and gone. Fans have left Houston and Twitter has trended toward in-season sports. But for players, the physical effects of that game along with the cumulative contact leading up to it, will continue to be felt by the Patriots and Falcons who took over NRG Stadium that day.

Shawn Springs is determined to change that.

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Who are you wearing? NFL fans explain

By Giuliana Allegrotti
Reporting from Houston

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At NFL Experience, the hub for fan activity at Super Bowl LI in Houston, most fans roam around dressed in their favorite NFL teams’ paraphernalia. You may see t-shirts that say ‘Rise Up’ in support of the Atlanta Falcons or ‘this girl loves Tom Brady’ for the New England Patriots; hardly anyone at the George R. Martin Convention Center in downtown Houston remains neutral.
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Bowlin’ On A Budget: The big game without the big bucks

By Andres Waters and Sye Bennefield
Reporting from Houston

Houston, Texas hosted an estimated 1 million people for Super Bowl LI. But, NRG Stadium, the site of the big game, only seats 72,220 people, so what are the other 927,780-plus people left to do? And how can they do it without breaking the bank?

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The average price of tickets for the big game, not just this one, is between $2,500 and $3,000. Naturally, many fans couldn’t afford the astronomical ticket price. But they came anyway to support a team or maybe just soak up the atmosphere.

And they found ways to enjoy the Super Bowl on a budget.
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Belichick, Brady reflect on Super Bowl LI

By Rosie Langello
Reporting from Houston

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quaterback Tom Brady speak publicly for the first time since their overtime 34-28 Super Bowl win against the Atlanta Falcons. Watch as they answer questions on the historic game and more.

Photo at top: The NFL’s Lombardi trophy and Super Bowl MVP trophy. (Rosie Langello/MEDILL)

In Houston Super Bowl LI merchandise in high demand, short supply

By Allie Burger
Reporting from Houston

One day after Super Bowl LI, fans wanted to wear their team spirit on their sleeves…. and their shirts, as well their hats and even their pants. But that proved difficult, even impossible for some, at the NFL shop in Houston.

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Fans waited for over an hour in line outside a corner of the George R. Brown Convention Center on Monday to buy Super Bowl merchandise and New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons gear at half-price. However, many Patriots fans were disappointed.
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Winningest Super Bowl QB Brady named MVP

By Eric Burgher
Reporting from Houston

After leading the New England Patriots in the largest comeback in Super Bowl history, quarterback Tom Brady still had to go back and see it with his own eyes.

“There were so many plays that I got back to my room last night pretty late and I was still pretty wired so I watched the highlights,” Brady said at Monday morning’s news conference in Houston. “You just go through the sequence of all those plays and how many critical plays needed to be made.”
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Belichick already worried about next season

By Jenna West
Reporting from Houston

Less than 24 hours after winning his fifth Super Bowl victory, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick already feels behind for the 2017 season.

When asked at the MVP trophy presentation in Houston Monday about stopping to enjoy the moment, Belichick said he needs to look ahead.

“We’re five weeks behind in the 2017 season to most teams in the league,” Belichick said the morning after his team’s 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
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