Will Dan Campbell Be Boycotting the Super Bowl?
I’ve had a few people tell me that they’re boycotting the Super Bowl because Detroit isn’t there. I mean, I get the frustration. We were this close to making it to the Big Game for the first time ever. Our team deserved it. They’re incredible guys. Plus, the Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers matchup isn’t very exciting. Both teams have been to the Super Bowl plenty of times. It’s just not that enticing. But, boycotting the Super Bowl seems a bit much. So, what does Dan Campbell have to say about the Super Bowl, and will he be boycotting it?
We have some insight on Dan the Man thanks to an article that Detroit Lions linebacker Alex Anzalone wrote for The Players’ Tribune this week. In it, Anzalone says that he and the team definitely stands by Campbell’s fourth-down decisions against the 49ers. “I feel like if you shy away from your identity in that moment, then you’re betraying the very thing that got you there,” he said. He also gets real about how depressing it was to lose that big game. But, he’s also super hopeful. “What we’re building here is extremely special, Anzalone says. “You can talk about it all day, but the proof is in the pudding, as they say. It’s one thing to say that a city, and a team, and a culture is unique. It’s a whole other thing to actually turn down the cheddar. (Great to have you back, Coach Ben and Coach AG.)”
Finally, he gets to the question of Dan and the Super Bowl. Campbell told Anzalone that he needs to watch it, and that he’s going to watch it, too: “But Dan said, ‘No, you gotta watch it, man. Use every second of it as motivation. I’ll sure as hell be watching.” So, there you go. No, Dan will not be boycotting the Super Bowl.