New Orleans Saints Super Bowl Hero Chris Reis Talks To Bleacher Report

February 13, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It may go down as the gutsiest call in Super Bowl history.
With his team trailing 10-6 at halftime, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton decided to start off the second half of Super Bowl XLIV with an onside kick. How risky was the call?
So risky that no coach in any of the 43 prior Super Bowls had ever tried it.
In the history of the big game, there had never been an onside kick attempted in any quarter except for the fourth. For the unprecedented call to work, two things had to happen: The Saints needed a great kick and they needed someone on the team crazy enough to recover it.
The first part of the plan was executed perfectly by Saints onside specialist Thomas Morstead, although calling Morestead an onside specialist is probably a stretch considering he had just practiced his first onside kick 12 days before the Super Bowl. 
The second part of the plan was as simple as it was difficult: recover the football.
Being the guy clutching the b...

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