NEW ORLEANS – With a team flag waving from an open window of their chartered plane, the San Francisco 49ers arrived at their first Super Bowl in 18 years Sunday.
The players walked off the airplane in a businesslike manner – no video recorders or cameras, no waves to onlookers.
Most of the team’s veteran players disembarked first, including center Jonathan Goodwin, who won a Super Bowl three years ago with the Saints.
You get to go to the Super Bowl with your childhood team, so that’s something special to me, Goodwin said. So hopefully I can find a way to win the Super Bowl with my childhood team.
This is 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh’s first Super Bowl as either a coach or a player.
These are uncharted waters for a rookie Super Bowl coach, Harbaugh said. But that’s exciting. It’s a great thrill, and we have a desire to be in uncharted waters. We always strive for that kind of challenge.
The 49ers will play Baltimore next Sunday. The Ravens arrive today.
Williams to Titans?
Gregg Williams may be a step closer to returning to the NFL after being suspended indefinitely for his role in the Saints’ bounty program.
Titans coach Mike Munchak has talked with Williams and is interested in adding him to his Tennessee staff, a person familiar with the situation said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the Titans do not discuss personnel moves until they are finalized.
Before the Titans could hire Williams, he must be reinstated by the league. Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him indefinitely for his role in the New Orleans Saints bounty program.