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Ditto Brandon Alexander.
“I don’t remember, but I definitely believe you,” the safety said. “That sounds like Yoshi right there.”
A four-year Bomber, Hardrick would make up for it in the days to come. And it’s not like he doesn’t remember downing champagne and chomping on a cigar in a raucous post-game locker-room.
Players enjoy talking about the celebration as much, if not more, than they do the actual game.
Unlike Hardrick, Jackson Jeffcoat took it easy that night.
The defensive end had been hit pretty hard by a virus, getting IV fluids before the game.
“I remembered that I was sick. So when is it going to hit me?” Jeffcoat said. “I tried not to get hungover.”
In his third year, Jeffcoat had been one of the stars on defence, collecting two sacks, forcing and recovering a fumble.
One of his most vivid post-game memories is of breaking into tears of joy when he found his parents.
“To finally win a championship,” he said. “And to actually play well in the game.”
That last part was critical.
Jeffcoat’s dad, Jim, the former Dallas Cowboys great, had a motto you often hear in football: big-time players make big-time plays in big-time games.
Jim had done it, with 1.5 sacks in two triumphant Super-Bowl performances.
“And I was able to live up to that,” his son said. “It was a weight off my shoulders.”
Jeffcoat’s partner in the crimes committed against the Hamilton offence, fellow Texan Willie Jefferson, was off somewhere else sharing the moment with his parents, his wife, Holly, and daughter, Kelley.
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