Phil Simms has two Super Bowl rings as a player – and one MVP award – and has worked eight as a network game analyst. Now that Tony Romo has succeeded him in that role for CBS, he will shift on Sunday to pregame and halftime analysis.
But even after all that and at age 64, Simms said the experience never gets old for him.
“You’ve been around me enough to know I get excited about the NFL season every week,” Simms said on a conference call to promote CBS’ coverage of Super Bowl LIII. “The Super Bowl is even more exciting, just because I know what it means to all the players, their families, and the thrill of winning.
“Then also I just go, ‘I can’t imagine the agony of losing.’ I just go, ‘Wow, all that work, nobody ever remembers the losers of the Super Bowl.”
At that, Simms’ CBS colleagues, Bill Cowher and Boomer Esiason, both of whom have lost Super Bowls, protested good-naturedly.
“It is exciting, and to do it now in this forum, to be on ‘The NFL Today,’ I’m looking forward to it,” Simms aid. “We have a lot of fun.”
CBS has not carried a Patriots Super Bowl since XXXVIII in 2004, but their analysts naturally have been talking about them incessantly in the 15 years since then.
Despite that, Simms said it never is difficult to think of new things to discuss about the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady Patriots.
“They’re an endless subject,” he said, “and I think ideas that we can talk about are constantly there.”