Our series on ASN’s 50 greatest NFL championship competitors of the past 50 years continues with No. 38 Jermon Bushrod Copeland, originally published on Jan. 18.
What Jermon Bushrod remembers is being wrapped in a flag.
An offensive tackle who won Super Bowl XLIV with the New Orleans Saints, Bushrod zeroed in on that moment when asked about his favorite Super Bowl memory.
“It was the celebration on the field with the confetti; my parents were on the field with me after we won the game and they brought my hometown flag (King George, Va.) so I was prancing, I was like running around the field carrying my flag,” said Bushrod, now with the Chicago Bears. “That moment was pretty cool. Just to be there … It was pretty amazing, pretty surreal.”
Bushrod, a Towson graduate, was a key to the Saints offense in that Super Bowl — and it was his first season as a starter. Bushrod replaced injured tackle Jamaal Brown.
New Orleans beat the Colts, 31-17, on Feb. 7, 2010. Bushrod was selected for the Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award for the 2009 season and again in 2011. He also went on to become a two-time Pro Bowl selection (2011, 2012). But those personal accomplishments don’t touch his Super Bowl memories.
“The Pro Bowl is great, awesome, I had two great trips to Hawaii, but it’s just an individual accomplishment,” Bushrod said. “It shows you did your job, but when you can take it to the ultimate level as far as a team, that’s really it.
“I was so happy, it was kind of a just living in the moment-type deal and I knew what a big deal it was for me to have that flag with me. That’s what I remember. Just taking that flag around and being as happy as I could be and just being there for all the hard work I put in.”