AFL nice Nick Riewoldt has popped up on Australia’s ESPN protection of the Tremendous Bowl for the second 12 months in a row.
The St Kilda legend moved along with his household to the US two years in the past and has made probably the most of his love of American sports activities, scoring broadcasting gigs for the most important occasion in world sport.
He appeared on ESPN’s Tremendous Bowl protection final 12 months and as soon as once more featured closely as pundit within the lead as much as Monday’s conflict between the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers in Las Vegas.
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Riewoldt mentioned 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy could be feeling the stress towards the skilled Chiefs line-up.
“In the beginning, I’m right here as a fan and the actual fact we get to work right here or a minimum of name this one thing like work all through the week has been completely outstanding,” Riewoldt mentioned.
“You’ll be able to’t assist however get swept up within the magnitude of the scenario. As somebody who performed in massive video games in our corresponding sport, you may’t assist however put your self within the thoughts of somebody like Brock Purdy, strolling into this cauldron.
“The Chiefs have been right here and completed it earlier than. They might be actually calm and safe of their place throughout the sport.
“The nerves, the suspense, the anticipation is constructing. Us followers are pumped the sport is beginning as a result of this week has been a draining one to place it mildly, it’s been big.”
Aussie NFL star Jordan Mailata skilled final heartbreak when his Philadelphia Eagles misplaced to the Chiefs in final 12 months’s Tremendous Bowl, however mentioned gamers need to embrace the Tremendous Bowl expertise whatever the consequence.
Riewoldt performed in three grand finals however misplaced the 2009 decider to Geelong and suffered brutal defeat to Collingwood within the 2010 replay after the primary grand remaining was drawn.
ESPN host Phil Murphy requested Riewoldt what he fabricated from Mailata’s philosophical method.
Murphy mentioned: “I don’t imply to carry it up once more, however the comparability of dropping in a grand remaining — we’re not going to have a replay, we all know that. We’re going to have extra time.”
Riewoldt replied: “I feel it’s a extremely balanced method from Jordan. The factor that resonated was that there can nonetheless be enjoyment from being on the best stage in the event you look again retrospectively.
“The opposite a part of that dialog is there aren’t any ensures that you just get again there, for each of those groups on the market at the moment.
“I imply we’re speaking about the potential for a Kansas Metropolis dynasty over the subsequent 5 years however there’s no assure you truly get again to the identical stage once more as a result of they’re simply so arduous to win your manner into.”
Riewoldt is among the finest AFL gamers by no means to win a premiership and he mentioned it’s a case of profitable the trophy or bust.
“Highest leverage moments, they rely for probably the most,” he mentioned.
“Sure (you get a) small slice of enjoyment and satisfaction however in the end it’s a binary win-loss state of affairs for the gamers.”
St Kilda haven’t received a premiership since 1966, the longest drought of any AFL crew.
The drawn grand remaining prompted the AFL to introduce extra time in finals, however there isn’t any extra time in residence and away video games.