When Darren Sproles retired from the NFL in 2017, he had something to prove. He wanted to show that his skills can still take him all over the field and into a Super Bowl Championship ring. The Rams’ running back is on track for one of those rings this year as he prepares for an NFC West rematch against the team which drafted him back in 2005 – just last week, Sproles revealed why Doug Pederson was chosen as head coach by Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie after their 8-1 start
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As the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams prepare for Super Bowl 56, Sportscasting talked with a number of Super Bowl winners this week, including three-time Pro Bowl running back/kick returner and NFL record-holder Darren Sproles.
Sproles was drafted in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the then-San Diego Chargers, with whom he spent six years after a brilliant career at Kansas State. After that, he played three seasons with the New Orleans Saints, where he established an NFL record with 2,696 all-purpose yards in 2011, a mark that he still holds today. Sproles then spent the remaining six years of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, with whom he earned a Super Bowl ring in Super Bowl 52, when the Eagles defeated Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
Unfortunately, Sproles was unable to play in the Super Bowl after ripping his ACL and breaking his arm on the same play earlier in the season. But he’s a champion, and he shared some of his views on Sunday’s game with us, as well as letting fans know how they can win some money with Yahoo Sports.
Darren Sproles, the Super Bowl winner, was interviewed by Sportscasting.
Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/Darren Sproles
Sportscasting: Were you shocked that the Bengals and Rams were the only two teams still standing in this year’s tight NFL Playoffs bracket?
Darren Sproles: I understand. I’m sure the whole world assumed it would be Tampa Bay and the Chiefs once again. But I’ve always assumed the Rams would be in attendance. But I was taken aback when Cincinnati was in, and now I’m thrilled for them. I’m relieved they’ve arrived.
Sportscasting: This is an interesting quarterback battle. Joe Burrow, a youthful quarterback, and Matt Stafford, a seasoned veteran, are both first-round choices who are competing for the first time. Who do you think will show up the most on Sunday?
Darren Sproles: I have a strong feeling Joe will turn up. I simply get the impression that he is always at ease.
Sportscasting: With the chain and all, he has the whole “Joe Cool” vibe going on. You have to work hard for 15 years to earn your stripes. How do you think people will respond to a young kid coming in with that much confidence, and how do you think veterans like Aaron Donald and Von Miller, who have been around the block, would react to that?
Darren Sproles: I think the league really likes it. I simply feel like circumstances have changed, and we’re in the midst of a new quarterback era. And I get the impression that Joe was brought in to keep the game fresh. It may be a long day for the Bengals if they don’t have a fast game and a running game on Sunday. They need to figure out a means to get the ball out of their hands as soon as possible.
Sportscasting: As a former running back, I’m curious about your favorite running back duo in this Super Bowl. For the Bengals, you have Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine, while the Rams have Cam Akers and Sony Michel. Who do you prefer to hang out with there?
Darren Sproles: I like both sides, but Mixon is my favorite. Mixon, in my opinion, is the genuine thing.
Sportscasting: So, we know you’ve been working with Yahoo Sports this week in advance of Super Bowl 56. Tell us more about it, and how fans may participate and earn money this weekend.
Darren Sproles: Of course. As a result, I partnered with Yahoo Sports, a go-to source for all sports lovers. Yahoo has now created a free Big Game quiz in which fans can win up to $10,000, and Yahoo Sports has a $1 million daily fantasy tournament to bring fans closer to the game. So all you have to do is go to Yahoo Sports or get the Yahoo Sports app.
It’s simple enough to do sportscasting. So, given the Super Bowl environment, what might these guys anticipate this week?
Darren Sproles: They need to maintain everything as normal as possible. You treat it as if it were a regular week. You can’t let things get out of hand. You’ll notice everyone on the sidelines during warmups. So. So, for them, the key is to remain focused and maintain things as normal as possible.
Sportscasting: What is your favorite Super Bowl moment, apart from seeing your team win?
Darren Sproles: It’s time for the parade. The streets were filled when I returned to Philly after winning the race. What’s the most bizarre thing about that day? We’re driving down Broad Street, and people are hanging from trees and on roofs – it’s insane.
Sportscasting: One more question, and a little diversion from the Super Bowl. You had a terrific working relationship with Doug Pederson, the new Jaguars head coach, in Philadelphia. How do you feel about the collaboration? Do you believe he’s the ideal guy for the position in Jacksonville to turn things around?
I do, Darren Sproles. Doug is one of my favorite people. He understands how to lead a group and keep everyone on target. Doug is one of my favorites because he has a knack for working with young quarterbacks, and I believe he is the right man for the position down there.
We’d want to express our gratitude to Mr. Sproles for joining us, as well as our friends at KEF Media for putting everything up. (Along with me, Sportscasting NFL reporter David Esser attended the interview and asked the last question.)
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