Life goes on for Denver's Fox after Super Bowl loss

Mon Feb 3, 2014 12:56am EST
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By Steve Keating

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - John Fox would have loved nothing more than to have walked out of MetLife Stadium as a Super Bowl champion on Sunday but the Denver Broncos coach knows life goes on even after a crushing 43-8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

In a sport defined by the quote, "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing," made famous by the legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, whose name is attached to the Super Bowl trophy awarded to the winner, Fox's road to the championship game this season offered new perspective.

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.

A few days later, the 58-year-old was undergoing open-heart surgery to replace an aortic valve.

Returning to the sidelines to guide Denver back to the Super Bowl for the first time in 15 years, Fox was philosophical about how an eventful season ended.

"They (losses) are all difficult," said Fox, who missed a month of the regular season recovering from the surgery. "This game is a lot of fun when you win. It doesn't matter which game.

"At the end of an NFL season, there is one happy camper and that's the Seattle Seahawks tonight."

Fox was quick to offer credit to Seattle's top-ranked defense that kept his record-smashing quarterback Peyton Manning and the league's top-ranked offense under wraps.   Continued...

Denver Broncos head coach John Fox leaves the field after the Broncos werer defeated by the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, February 2, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri