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Kilgore killin’ time before the big game


Fun Super Bowl XLVII fact 1 (of 2): The NFL’s championship game will feature a FCS championship game reunion.

In 2007, Delaware’s Joe Flacco took to the same field as App State’s Daniel Kilgore. And the Mountaineers won big, 49-21, with then redshirt freshman Kilgore scoring his only collegiate TD (fumble recovery in end zone).

Fast forward five years.

Flacco is the starting QB for the Baltimore Ravens. Kilgore is a top backup lineman for the San Francisco 49ers.

Next Sunday the two will again be fighting for a ring in not just the biggest game of the season, but possibly one of the most watched TV shows ever.

Two competitors. Two teams. A grand stage. More 100 million viewers. One trophy.

No. 67’s just gotta be jacked, RIGHT?

Not really.

“The more you think about it, it’s just another game. I think people outside of the team are pumping it up more than we are as the players or coaches,” Kilgore told on Wednesday night. “For us, it’s another week to get better and to go out and capture the world champion title. Outside the team, I think people are making it more than what we really should be, as a team right now. Once we go down and take care of business, then it’ll hit us. ‘Holy cow, we just did this thing.’ I think that’s the way our team’s approaching it. It’s just another game, another business trip and go down and take care of business.”

Before then, Kilgore is making some media rounds. In the above quoted interview he not only talks NFL life, but what he thinks of the new App State head coach. (“I think Scott Satterfield will do a great job over there.”)

Today he spoke to one of our fav Mountaineer broadcasters about the big game and, uh, well …

Daniel talks about Saved by the Bell, Jim Harbaugh, blocking for Colin Kaepernick, and of course his thoughts on the big game.

Gotta love the Bell.

Super Bowl media day is Tuesday. Given his brief Flacco-history – and ‘kill’er name – we hope Kilgore gets some love.

On another related unrelated note – Fun Super Bowl XLVII fact 2 (of 2): Another App State championship foe should see time on the field next Sunday. Ravens safety James Ihedigbo was an All-American defensive back with UMass in the 2006 championship. He had six tackles and an INT in ‘Nooga.

He’s played in 16 games (starting 3) for Baltimore this season, and started 12 games for New England last year, including Super Bowl XLVI.

And since we’re giving shout out to FCSers, let’s not forget this guy. He’s played App State too.

MEMORIES. After we published this, we found a great quote regarding Ihedigbo and the Greatest App Ever.

Brown described Ihedigbo as pound-for-pound, the toughest player he has ever coached. The former UMass coach recalls his pupil as having good cover skills with a linebacker mentality. Brown said the most memorable hit came in the 2006 NCAA Division I-FCS Championship Game, when Ihedigbo hit Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards on a running play. UMass lost the title game 28-17.

“We knew if we were going to have a chance in that game, we needed to rattle Edwards. Up until that point, we hadn’t done it,” said Coen. “He came up and made that big hit. We all thought that ‘Here we go, here’s our chance.’ Unfortunately, Edwards popped up with his 155-pound frame and threw us the first-down signal, which was a little deflating.”

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