Sunday's one-sided Super Bowl win by Seattle didn't provide much drama for fans but there were some off-the-field performances that did inspire us.
Former Super Bowl great Joe Namath, and John Harbaugh, a Super Bowl winning coach, made sure that those service men and women who sacrifice for our country are not forgotten.
Namath, who did the coin toss for Sunday's game, wore a bracelet to honor Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL who was killed a year earlier at a Texas shooting range while helping another veteran overcome post-traumatic stress disorder.
Coach Harbaugh, meanwhile, received the NFL's 2014 Salute to Service Award for his strong support of the military. During his six years as coach of the Baltimore Ravens, Harbaugh has visited military bases, delivered school supplies to children whose parents are serving overseas and participated in the 2009 NFL-USO coaches' tour of the Middle East.
Since the military is all about teamwork, Harbaugh has used military members to inspire his own Baltimore Ravens players.
"These are great and smart men and women," he said in an interview. "They inspire us. They have each other's backs. They defend us. And, they are sacrificing for all of us."
Anheuser-Busch got our vote for best Super Bowl commercial with its salute to Lt. Chuck Nadd, a 24-year-old Army helicopter pilot and operations officer. After his return from a tour in Afghanistan, Nadd was sent to his hometown in Winter Park, Fla. on what he thought was a public affairs assignment to speak to a VFW group. He had no idea his girlfriend, Shannon Cantwell, had nominated him for a VFW contest to honor a soldier with a parade in the soldier's hometown.
Hundreds attended Nadd's parade, which was filmed for the Budweiser commercial. Nadd said he hoped the visibility from the commercial helps people in other areas recognize the hometown heroes in their own communities.
The Super Bowl game itself may have not lived up to the hype, but people like Namath, Harbaugh and the advertising/public relation team at Anheuser-Busch showed us some of the good things happening outside the lines of the football field.
By JIM ZBICK