Dallas Cowboys' Mat McBriar works during the team's NFL football training camp in San Antonio, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Cowboys’ Pro Bowl punter Mat McBriar had hopes that he would be attending Super Bowl XLV as a member of the NFC representative in the Super Bowl; instead, he’ll be attending the big game in February as a member of the press, representing ESPN Australia, the Aussie version of the Worldwide Leader in Sports.
McBriar, a Melbourne native who earned his second Pro Bowl berth for his work in 2010, will serve as somewhat of a roving reporter for the station during Super Bowl week.
"Nothing crazy," said McBriar of his duties, per the Dallas Morning News. "I'm more like a sideline guy. I'll be here for the Super Bowl week. It will be some of the lighter stuff. Australians really don't take the game that seriously. I'm not going to talk X's and O's. I'll talk like, 'This guy is really good. Watch him catch the ball.' That kind of thing. It should be fun. It was an opportunity that was presented to me and I was like this may never happen again."
McBriar admits that he is disappointed that his first Super Bowl experience will come as a member of the press rather than a player, but said that he looks forward to the experience nonetheless.
"You always hear about pro golfers who will never play Augusta National until they're invited to actually play in The Masters. It's one of those things, I didn't want to go to the Super Bowl unless I was playing in it," McBriar said.
The Super Bowl will be played on February 6, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
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