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Dreaming of a Super Bowl
This paper was an assignment for my class to write a fictional narrative story. I decided to chose the topic of future Super Bowl LIV, between two up and coming young teams, featuring two rookie quarterbacks who are the top two picks in their NFL draft.
The referee shows the captains the coin and flips it. It twirls through the air as the player calls, "Tails!" After hitting the ground, the ref makes the call, "Tails, they win the toss, and have elected to defer the kickoff." The two teams are in position; the atmosphere is intense, the fans are yelling, and the cheerleaders are pumped. This is what football is all about, and all our hard work comes down to the next sixty minutes. Super Bowl LIV is underway as the kick sails over the end zone out of play for a touch-back .
The sounds of chants fade into the background as the announcer addresses the crowd, "The Redskins, led by their quarterback, Robert Griffith III, will start the game at the 20-yard line." RG3 runs the option run play by holding the ball out as a fake to the running back. He pulls it back, tucks it in, and takes off running like it is for the gold medal at the Olympics. My heart sinks, as the Redskins strike first, because of excellent blocking, and take the early lead with the 80-yard touchdown.
The Colts and their quarterback, Andrew Luck, answer back with a quick touchdown themselves, taking advantage of a play action pass to his receiver, T.Y. Hilton, for a 55-yard touchdown. I jump out of my seat, give a high five to the guy next to me, and shout, "Atta boy Luck!" The Redskins add a field goal to take the lead 10-to-7, wrapping up the first quarter.
Luck takes control of the game during the second quarter, shifting the momentum in our favor. The attitude and body language he exemplified on the field expressed that the opportunity to cement his legacy was right before him. After a 12-play scoring drive, the Colts take the lead 14-to-10, four minutes before halftime. My colleagues and I are relieved to watch, in amazement, as years of hard work pay off. Shortly after, the Redskins fail to score a touchdown, but add another field goal closing the gap, 14-to-13 at the half.
Luck begins the third quarter, in his own territory, after the kickoff. His first pass bounces off his receiver's hands, and is intercepted. The mistake proves to be costly because the Redskins capitalize on the opportunity with a 53-yard touchdown by, veteran running back, Alfred Morris. They recapture the lead 20-to-14, with five minutes left in the third, and the Colts, get into position to add another field goal at the closing seconds.
Playing in the Super Bowl, with the game on the line, is what every player dreams about. The sweat is dripping, bodies are aching, and the players are exhausted. After a short run play, and an incomplete pass, RG3 is hit hard for a sack forcing a fumble. The turnover results in the game tying field goal with eight minutes remaining. RG3 controls their destiny on their last possession, but he throws an errant pass, intercepted in Colts territory, setting up the potential winning drive. I start to see images of the parade in downtown Indianapolis as Luck walks to the line of scrimmage waving his arms to quiet the noisy crowd. From his own 35-yard line, he completes some short passes, and directs two run plays while getting the ball to the 49-yard line. Meanwhile, the clock is running, and it is down to one last play. The Colts decide not to attempt a record long 66-yard field goal, but try their luck with, his arm. He drops back, avoids the pass rush, and lets the ball fly towards the end zone connecting for the game winning, 49-yard touchdown in between players.
Andrew Luck and the Colts win the championship by a score of 27-to-20 to take home the Lombardi trophy. The confetti is falling onto the field, full of players, coaches, and fans, celebrating, while reporters scramble for post-game interviews. The excitement I'm feeling is one of the best I have ever felt. To be a part of this organization and witness everyone come so far makes this all worthwhile. In the future, I look forward to sharing this experience with everyone so they can learn from our success. Suddenly, I wake up; this was all just a dream.