Muhammad: 'I know what to expect'

Muhsin Muhammad is one of the few Bears with Super Bowl experience. And although he came out on the losing end three years ago while with the Carolina Panthers, many of his Bears teammates have been leaning on him for advice this week. Muhammad spoke to the media at Halas Hall on Friday, and Bear Report was there to hear what he had to say.

Not only has Muhsin Muhammad recorded more catches, gained more yards, and scored more touchdowns in his NFL career than anybody on the Bears roster, there's one more thing he's done that most of them haven't.

He's actually competed in the Super Bowl before.

Muhammad came out on the losing end as a member of the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII, falling to the New England Patriots 32-29 in Houston. The result may not have been what he had hoped, but he did set an NFL record in that game. His 85-yard touchdown reception from Jake Delhomme is the longest play from scrimmage in Super Bowl history.

Muhammad's veteran leadership comes in handy this time of year because many of his Bears teammates are asking him for advice.

"Just experience," Muhammad said on Friday in the auditorium at Halas Hall. "I think just a little know-how. Been there, done that. I know what to expect."

Although Muhammad has been through the Big Game song and dance before, that doesn't necessarily make it any easier.

"I don't know if I would definitely say it's going to be easier," he admitted. "I would say I know what to expect. It's still going to be a chore. Media Day is still Media Day. You have to talk for an hour straight. There's other things that go on during the week with appearances and media requests and different things like that. You've got your family. There's a lot of stuff that goes on that are going to be responsibilities, but I know what to expect. I know what's going to happen."

Muhammad is the unquestioned leader of a receiving corps that has turned out to be much better than many expected back in training camp. Rumors swirled before the regular season that GM Jerry Angelo might be interested in making a play for Ashley Lelie or Jerry Porter as a complementary target, but third-year speedster Bernard Berrian has stepped up his game and become one of the better deep threats in the NFL. Rashied Davis successfully made the switch from cornerback to slot receiver, and tight end Desmond Clark had the most productive year of his career.

Muhammad may not be the player he was in 2004 when he led the league with 1,405 receiving yards, but his message for how to deal with Super Sunday is as strong as ever.

"I think just to remain focused on the game," he said. "A lot of people are going to start playing up matchups and start talking about things that really aren't our concern, but it's all a part of hyping this game up. This is the greatest show in the world as far as sports is concerned. Everybody is going to be doing a lot of different things just to hype this game up. And so with that in mind, it's still another football game that we have to play. It's another one of our games that we have to play this season."

Needless to say, Muhammad does not want to deal with another Super Bowl loss. How long did the last one stay with him?

"Till last Sunday."

JC


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