Health scare puts Super Bowl in perspective for Fox

Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:17pm EST
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By Julian Linden

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Denver Broncos head coach John Fox is making his third trip to the Super Bowl this weekend.

If his past experiences count for anything, Fox would appear to have an edge over his Seattle Seahawks counterpart Pete Carroll, who is going to the big game for the first time.

But Fox does not buy into that notion, noting that his two previous trips to the National Football League's title game both resulted in losses.

Asked directly what he learnt from his past Super Bowls, Fox's reply was blunt: "That you don't want to lose."

Winning means everything in the cut-throat, results-driven world of the NFL but a mid-season health scare has given Fox a new sense of perspective about Sunday's match-up at MetLife Stadium.

Three months ago, Fox was enjoying a rare day off during his team's bye week, playing a round of golf with friends in North Carolina, when he suddenly collapsed on the course.

The 58-year-old was rushed to hospital and told by doctors that he urgently needed surgery on his heart and would have to take a break from coaching.

"Like any health scare, whether it was your parents or somebody in your family, in this case it was myself, it was a setback," he said.   Continued...

Denver Broncos coach John Fox attends a news conference ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII in New York January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid