Detmer Recalls Super Bowl Experience
MISSION – The Philadelphia Eagles will take on the New England Patriots two Sundays from today. The last time Philly made it to the big game, Mission football coach Koy Detmer was a player for the Eagles in 2005. Looking back on the experience, the Valley’s all-time passing leader is glad he got a chance to play on the biggest stage in football.
“It was a big deal,” said Detmer. “We were finally going to the show.”
The Eagles from that era had lost in the three previous NFC title games, hence the sense of relief. Super Bowl XXXIX featured the Eagles and the Patriots, just like this year. Detmer was a back-up quarterback for Philadelphia. He got to play in the game as a holder on special teams.
“You’re not running around and doing all that,” said Detmer. “You are involved in the game and have to be focused and locked in. It’s a very important role even though it’s a small role. These games come down to every point counting.”
The Eagles ended up losing to the Tom Brady-led Patriots 24-21.
“At that level, everyone knows how hard of a road and how long of a road it is to get there,” said Detmer. “It’s very tough.”
Detmer knows several members on Philly’s current stuff, including his former teammate Doug Pederson.
“We were quarterbacks together in Philly,” said Detmer. “I know him real well. Man, I hope the Eagles put it off. It would be awesome. I know the people up there in Philadelphia. They’re dying for a championship team.”
Detmer was a member of the Eagles from 1997-2006. He played in over 100 games with the team.