Super Bowl XXXI memories

Green Bay's 1996 season, capped by the team's Super Bowl XXXI victory over the New England Patriots, will be remembered by players and coaches for a long time to come. Here are recollections from a handful of those Packers who played in the game:

Tight end Keith Jackson:
"I can remember being in a room with Reggie White the night before the game. It was just me and him, everybody else was gone. He said, ‘I don't know if there's something wrong with me, but he said, ‘I'm so confident that we're going to win tomorrow. It's not even a question.' He said, ‘I don't know if it's a bad thing or a good thing that I am so confident that we're going to go out there and win. It's not even going to be close.' That's the way it was. I told him, ‘It's interesting because I'm kind of feeling the same way. We're so much better. Tell me a reason why New England can beat us.' We couldn't come up with a reason. He sat there and he goes, ‘We're going to win this thing tomorrow.'"

Quarterback Brett Favre on his favorite Super Bowl XXXI memory:
"Probably throwing the touchdown pass to Andre, the first one. The one to Antonio was awesome, too, and was a record for a long time. But with Andre, here we are in the Super Bowl and I audible to this play ... It was everything you dream of, and it worked on top of that, so that's probably my fondest memory."

Wide receiver Don Beebe:
"My fondest memory of (Super Bowl) XXXI and probably of my whole career was when I was standing behind Favre at the end of the game and watching the last few seconds tick off. When the gun sounded and I realized that I was finally a Super Bowl Champion I asked Brett for the game ball, and he was gracious enough to give it to me when he could have kept it for himself. I took the ball over to my wife and kids who had come down to the field and I got to carry my son off the field on my shoulder and hang on to my daughter's hand. This is a moment any athlete would cherish."

Defensive end Sean Jones:
"It's sad, but I don't remember much. That day itself was such a blur. There was such anticipation to get there and I really don't have a lot of memories of the game. I mean, I watched it for the first time about six months ago. I didn't realize that we were behind at one point in the game. I never realized that. I really don't have many memories. I have more memories of the championship game here at Lambeau, the week leading up to the Super Bowl, all those things, but the game itself … I have snipits and I have soundbites of it. Visual bites – Desmond running it back, ‘Free' catching that touchdown, Reggie's three sacks, those kind of things, but I don't really remember the ebb and flow of the game."

Linebacker Ron Cox:
"I am still a little numb from it because I will never forget when I called a play out, and when we broke the huddle, Drew Bledsoe came up to the line, and Reggie turned around and he said, 'Hey Cox, what's the play,' because he forgot the call. There were so many nerves, and I was nervous myself. Bledsoe started making an audible, and Reggie turned around and asked again, 'Hey Cox, what's the play?'

"And Curtis Martin ran the ball and hit me right in my mouth. I said, 'That's the play right there.' That was one of the most fun times I had when I played."

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