Ihedigbo: 'I want to be called a champion'


Ihedigbo: 'I want to be called a champion'

At 8 a.m. on Wednesday, James Ihedigbo and the rest of his teammates are ushered into an expansive white tent at IUPUI for another media session. Ihedigbo, in gray team sweats, his jersey, and a red hat, takes a seat at the table marked "1". He shows me the background on his cell phone: it's a photo of the Lombardi trophy raised amid a swirl of confetti.

We talk about football.

I'm into the week. Every morning, every night. This is why we're here.

It's amazing that you can work and get to this point, but it says what you have to be as a team to get here -- how together you have to be, how focused you have to be, how you have to pay attention to every detail.

Because this doesn't happen.

There's a lot of good football teams that have played over the years, but we have the opportunity to be a great football team. And the difference is so small between being good and great. So small.

A lot of times you have tunnel-vision and you're making accomplishments, and people are telling you about the accomplishments that you make, but you don't have a second to notice them because it's on to the next thing, week after week after week.

But this is the only game that's left. There is no tomorrow, there is no next week. It's now.

It means everything, to be called a champion. People pass their boards and are then lawyers their whole lives; people who become doctors are doctors their whole lives. When you are a champion, people will call you a champion for the rest of your life.

I want to be able experience, after you win, the drive that you have to get back, to always pursue that level of football. Tom Brady is a testament to it. Kevin Faulk's been in the league forever and he just continues to play for this opportunity.

It says a lot about the man -- the ability to stay humble, to be successful, but continue to be driven.

My teammates are keeping me grounded in the moment. We haven't done anything yet. Right now, we're AFC champions who've had a good season. We want to have a great one. Winning the Super Bowl determines that.

The game will be here before we know it, he tells me. We'll talk more about that tomorrow.

Four killed in crash involving Dallas Cowboys' bus


Four killed in crash involving Dallas Cowboys' bus

PHOENIX (AP) -- A bus carrying Dallas Cowboys staffers but no players and a van collided Sunday on an Arizona highway, killing four people in the van, authorities said.

The bus occupants emerged uninjured from the crash, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr said.

"All on the bus came through OK with some bumps and bruises," Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said in an email.

Dalrymple said the bus was only carrying members of the franchise's staff but would not say how many. There were no players on board.

Mickey Spagnola, a columnist for the team's website, has been writing for the past week about traveling on a Cowboys bus with a driver, the team mascot and videographer. On his Twitter page, Spagnola tweeted before 2 p.m. that the bus was 80 miles outside of Vegas.

The two vehicles collided in the afternoon on U.S. 93, about 30 miles north of the city of Kingman or 180 miles northeast of Phoenix, according to DPS.

The crash shut down at least one lane of the highway that serves as the main route between Las Vegas and Phoenix.

The bus was on its way to a Dallas Cowboys fan event in Las Vegas. Charles Cooper, manager of GameWorks entertainment center in Vegas, said the session with 50 to 75 fans was scheduled for 3 p.m. PDT. People were already waiting when the president of a Las Vegas Cowboys fan club called to relay news of the accident. The event was subsequently canceled. Cooper says the team mascot was supposed to appear.

After the Las Vegas stop, the bus was scheduled to go on to Oxnard, California for the team's training camp. Members of the organization typically take a bus two weeks before the camp starts and make stops along the way.