The 43rd Super Bowl program is larger than some phone books. You’ve got two slightly different versions to choose from when deciding which to put in your collection.
The NFL has released one of the more popular collectibles from the Super Bowl–ready for shipment even before kickoff.
The official Super Bowl XLIII program is a whopping 240 pages this year. Priced at $20 and produced by NFL Publishing and H.O. Zimman, the program features action photos, in-depth scouting reports, rosters, statistics, features, Super Bowl history and yes, plenty of advertsing.
Serious program collectors, however, may gravitate more toward the special Super Bowl XLIII Collector’s Game Day Edition ($25), which is sold only at the stadium on game-day. It features the Super Bowl hologram cover. You won’t necessarily have to go to Tampa to get one, though. The game day edition will be available at some outlets following Super Bowl XLIII.
Among the articles in this year’s program:
- Ten Moments in Time: David Tyree’s unbelievable catch in last year’s title game might be the greatest single play in Super Bowl history. If so, what other plays make up the rest of the Top 10? Veteran NFL writer Clark Judge compiles his list.
- Family Values: Veteran NFL writer Don Banks profiles the Glazer family, owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since 1995 and hosts for Super Bowl XLIII.
- Super Shockers: NFL.com’s Vic Carucci examines some of the Super Bowl’s most unexpected developments, including the stunning upset victory by Joe Namath and the Jets over the heavily-favored Baltimore Colts 40 years ago.
- Exhibit "D": While sometimes overshadowed by the offensive stars of the game, defense has won many a championship. NFL Films’ Ray Didinger chronicles the great defensive efforts that have been on display throughout Super Bowl history.
Tribute to Gene Upshaw: On Aug. 20, the NFL lost a true icon when Gene Upshaw lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. He is remembered here by his good friend and former teammate, Art Shell.
- Golden Age Dawns: One month after the 50th anniversary of the NFL’s "greatest game," award-winning author Michael MacCambridge examines the effects of the game, which would prove even more significant than the game itself.
- Man for All Seasons: As Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau prepares his unit to face the explosive Cardinals’ offense in Super Bowl XLIII, veteran Pittsburgh sportswriter Gene Collier profiles a man who has been part of the NFL as player and coach for 50 years.
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