MIAMI – Chiefs Cornerback Morris Claiborne looks back on his two years with the jet without regret.
"I enjoyed it," the veteran said Monday night at the Super Bowl 2020 Opening Night in Marlins Park. “I felt like I was playing two solid years, started playing and being number 1. In the two years I was there I was number 1 there. I feel like I have done a very good job there to follow the best. I feel like the two years I've been there. My stats were career highlights in both years. "
Claiborne played 15 games for the Jets in seasons 2017 and 2018, and answered questions about his ability to stay healthy that had been with him since he was a cowboy. He had three interceptions over two years for Gang Green. The jets decided to continue after last season and decided to get younger.
For Claiborne, who signed with the Chiefs in August and played eight games for Kansas City this year, it worked. He was inactive for the Chiefs playoff games and is likely to play for the Super Bowl again. Still, Claiborne is happy to be in the big game after a tough career in which he underwent eight surgeries.
"It's great," said Claiborne. "It makes everything worth it. When I look at all these cuts on my knees and shoulders, that was all for me. "
So many athletes have done something special for Kobe Bryant. For the 49ers WR Emmanuel Sanders demonstrated his ability to return from past injuries and this season that he has the Mamba mentality made famous by Bryant, who tragically died in a helicopter accident on Sunday.
"I feel like our personalities have gone well," said Sanders. “Kobe struggled with injuries and you could only tell his mentality how he attacked it with 100 percent effort. I am not saying that I am Kobe, but at the same time we have the same mentality because I tore my Achilles and also operated on my right ankle. I fought my way back and here I am in the Super Bowl. Many times when I first had it, people asked me if I would be with me again. Now I'm sitting here, pushing my body through things that most people probably wouldn't have been through at that moment. When I read Kobe's quotes, I can relate to many things he talks about. "
Sanders, 32, had 36 shots for 502 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games of his first season with the 49ers.
When Jimmy Garoppolo came to his first Super Bowl, he paused to consider the resignation of Eli Manning, who won two of them.
"Two Super Bowl MVPs," said Garoppolo. "He did pretty much everything. He doesn't get enough credit if you ask me."
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