Don Beebe On Finally Winning Super Bowl: ‘Why Me?’

Don Beebe played in the NFL for nine seasons and reached the Super Bowl in six of them. He is best-known, perhaps, for stripping Leon Lett in Super Bowl XXVII.

But seriously: six Super Bowls in nine seasons?

“I was pretty spoiled and blessed, that’s for sure,” Beebe said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I had a blast and played with some great Hall of Fame players.”

Beebe, a former wide receiver, went to four straight Super Bowls with the Bills and back-to-back Super Bowls with the Packers. The Bills, of course, lost all four, while the Packers won Super Bowl XXXI against New England before losing Super Bowl XXXII to Denver.

After losing his fourth Super Bowl with the Bills, Beebe spent one more year in Buffalo and played one year for Carolina, then an expansion team, in 1995.

“After that year, I just felt like I wanted to go to a team that I thought was going to win a Super Bowl,” Beebe said. “I wanted to know what it felt like to walk off the field as a Super Bowl champion, and I was very fortunate to be able to do that.”

Beebe signed with the Packers before the 1996 season. Brett Favre was coming off an MVP season and took home that honor again in 1996 and 1997.

Beebe was one of just two players on the ’96 Packers with Super Bowl experience. The other? Jim McMahon, who was Favre’s back-up.

Green Bay trailed New England 14-10 after the first quarter in Super Bowl XXXI but outscored the Patriots 25-7 the rest of the way. In the fourth quarter, Beebe’s mind was on the Bills. For him, he won that championship for all of them.

“There’s no doubt,” he said. “That was my first reflection that I had. I was the safety guy 10 yards behind Favre when he was kneeling down. I remember looking up at the clock and I’ll never forget watching that 10, 9, 8 ticking off and the gun goes off. My initial thoughts went to Bill Polian and Marv Levy and Jim Kelly and all my friends and teammates. I felt really kind of guilty. Why me? Why am I the guy that gets to do this when there are so many guys more deserving? And the fans in Buffalo and Ralph Wilson. It was an emotional time, yet very exciting. But man, my first thoughts were to the guys back in Buffalo and the people back there.”

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