The game itself is rarely memorable, but what's uttered before, during and after the Super Bowl often is. Just listen in
"If Jesus were alive today, he would be at the Super Bowl," no less an authority than Norman Vincent Peak, said in 1976.
It wasn't exactly a Christian sentiment, but Raiders defensive end Lyle Alzado said, "I plan to rip [Joe Jacoby's] lips off" in Super Bowl XVIII.
How did jacoby, a Redskins tackle, feel about having his lips removed? "Hmmm," he said, "it might be an improvement."
As for cheeks, Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, who had a bruised buttock, mooned a media helicopter before Super Bowl XX and explained that he was "just showing them where it hurt."
Cowboys linebacker Hollywood Henderson (right) intended to bruise the Steelers' quarterback when he said, "Terry Bradshaw is so dumb, he couldn't spell cat if you spotted him the c and the a."
Henderson also lobbed this grenade at Randy Grossman: "How much respect can you have for a reserve tight end? He's the guy who comes in when everyone else is dead."
And this one at linebacker Jack Lambert: "I don't care for the man. He makes more money than I do, and he don't have no teeth."
The Steelers responded in kind. During a change of possession, Mean Joe Greene asked Henderson, "What's a superstar like you doing on a kickoff team?"
Miami Dolphins kicker Garo Yepremian didn't need Hollywood Henderson: He dissed himself. After a pathetic pass attempt (left) following a blocked field goal in Super Bowl VII, Yepremian said, "This is the first time the goat of the game is in the winning locker room."