All year round, former Husker and NFL veteran Adam Carriker is taking the pulse of Husker Nation. In the "Carriker Chronicles" video series, he breaks down the latest NU news, upcoming opponents, player updates and recruiting information, and he offers his insight into the X's and O's and more.
On Sunday's episode, Adam Carriker gives his quick reaction to former Husker Rex Burkhead getting his Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots.
Want more Chronicles? Follow Carriker on Twitter and Facebook and sign up to get an email whenever a new show is posted.
When Adam Carriker talks, you'll want to listen. Get every episode of the "Carriker Chronicles" in your inbox.
Here's a transcript of today's show:
Welcome to the Carriker Chronicles, the People's Show, where we check the pulse of Husker Nation, brought to you by the Nebraska Spine Hospital. Here's my gut reaction to Rex Burkhead and the New England Patriots winning the Super Bowl. Now congratulations to Rex, he's a great guy, one of the greatest Huskers to ever play.
When he signed with New England, I'm like, "man, he's just a perfect fit." He can do so many things, he's going to fit in so well with Bill Belichick, what they like to do with this offense and that running back rotation he's a part of has really worked out well.
Now it's kind of cool that Rex carried the ball that sealed the AFC Championship game, he scores the touchdown, and late in the Super Bowl he had a huge first down that all but sealed the game. The Rams had a chance later on in the game, but I'm proud of Rex, not only what he does on the field but also off: His work with Team Jack, what he's done with Jack Hoffman. The relationship that he has there is pretty cool.
Now coming into the Super Bowl, I thought it was an interesting matchup because you have the Rams, they have all these Pro Bowlers, all these guys they signed in the offseason, all this money that they spent -- alright, they were more talented, they had more individual talent. And you look look at the Patriots. Well they got Edelman and Gronk and Brady... and I couldn't name a whole bunch of their other players. To me, it was the system, it was the coach, it was the team versus -- not that the Rams aren't a good team, but they haven't played together as long, they haven't been doing this for 18-19 years like Brady and Belichick have. So to me, that was an interesting matchup.
Now the game itself, I love a good defensive battle, but even I was a little bit bored. But at least it was close, it wasn't a blowout, and defense does win championships, ladies and gentlemen. You look at Bill Belichick -- the oldest coach to ever win a Super Bowl Championship. Oh, and what do you say? What do you say? I saw him smile at the end of the game after they won! That was my biggest takeaway.
And you look at Tom Brady. Now, I understand Deflategate and Spygate -- I understand all these things. Joe Montana was my favorite player, along with Deion Sanders, oddly enough, growing up from the NFL when I was a kid. But you look at what Brady's done: more Super Bowl championships than anyone, nine Super Bowls. Whether you like it or not, he's in that conversation for greatest of all time -- I said this on social media -- regardless of the sport.
Alright, tune in Wednesday night, Carriker Live, National Signing Day. Carriker Live is back, 8 p.m. Central Time.
Go Big Red, and always remember to throw the bones!
Thanks again to the Nebraska Spine Hospital. Ladies and gentlemen, when it’s your spine, you do not want to mess around. Experience matters. That’s why you can trust the experts at Nebraska Spine Hospital, the region's only spine specific hospital. They are the best at what they do.
1 of 26
Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots; Ndamukong Suh, Los Angeles Rams
Burkhead had seven carries for 43 yards and two catches for 15 in the Patriots' 13-3 victory. Burkhead's long run of 26 yards led to a fourth-quarter field goal. Suh had two tackles and a quarterback hit. Another former Husker, Zac Taylor, was on the sidelines as the Rams' quarterback coach.
Nate Gerry, Philadelphia Eagles; Rex Burkhead and Vincent Valentine, New England Patriots
Gerry played special teams for Philadelphia during its 41-33 win. Vincent Valentine was out with injury and Rex Burkhead had three rushes for 18 yards and a 46-yard reception for the Patriots.
Vincent Valentine, New England Patriots
Valentine played as a reserve defensive lineman and on special teams but did not record any stats in New England's victory against Atlanta.
Zaire Anderson, Denver Broncos
Anderson was a member of Denver's practice squad during the Broncos' Super Bowl championship season.
Alfonzo Dennard and Eric Martin, New England Patriots
Dennard (pictured) missed the entire playoffs because of injury. Martin was a member of New England's practice squad.
Stewart Bradley, Denver Broncos
Bradley was placed on injured reserve before the start of the season and never played in a game for the Broncos.
Sam Koch, Baltimore Ravens
Koch made the play that essentially sealed the victory for Baltimore. With a 34-29 lead and 11 seconds remaining, Koch received the snap on fourth down in his own end zone and took an intentional safety that left San Francisco with only four seconds on the ensuing safety punt. The 49ers weren't able to score, and the Ravens won, 34-31.
Prince Amukamara, New York Giants
Amukamara recorded one tackle in the Super Bowl victory over New England, capping a rookie season hampered by a broken foot suffered in training camp.
Brandon Jackson, Green Bay Packers
Jackson did not record a rushing attempt in the Super Bowl victory over Pittsburgh, but he did have one catch for 14 yards.
Carl Nicks and Scott Shanle, New Orleans Saints; Cody Glenn, Indianapolis Colts
Both Shanle (linebacker) and Nicks (left guard) started for the Super Bowl-winning Saints. Shanle recorded six tackles and defended a pair of passes. Nicks and the Saints' offensive line surrendered one sack but paved the way for only 51 rushing yards. Glenn played primarily on special teams for the Colts but did not record any stats.
Ralph Brown, Arizona Cardinals
Brown recorded one tackle in the loss to Pittsburgh, but he almost saved the victory for Arizona. Ben Roethlisberger's game-winning touchdown throw to Santonio Holmes went just over Brown's fingertips.
Le Kevin Smith, New England Patriots
Smith did not record any stats serving as a reserve defensive lineman in New England's loss to the Giants.
Mike Brown, Chicago Bears
Brown was on injured reserve for Chicago's Super Bowl loss to Indianapolis after suffering a Lisfranc fracture during Week 6 of the regular season.
Josh Brown and Grant Wistrom, Seattle Seahawks
Brown (pictured) made a 47-yard field goal in the first quarter but missed on attempts of 54 and 50 yards later in the game. Wistrom started at defensive end and recorded two tackles, including an eight-yard sack, but Seattle lost to Pittsburgh, 21-10.
Russ Hochstein, New England Patriots
Hochstein was a backup offensive lineman in the Patriots' victory against Philadelphia.
Russ Hochstein, New England Patriots; Mike Minter and Mike Rucker, Carolina Panthers
Hochstein started at left guard on a New England offensive line that didn't allow a sack and led the way for 127 rushing yards. He was also on the field for Adam Vinatieri's game-winning field goal. Minter (strong safety) and Rucker (defensive end) both also started for the Panthers. Minter (pictured) had nine tackles and five passes defended. Rucker recorded two tackles.
Eric Johnson and Adam Treu, Oakland Raiders
Johnson (pictured) recovered a blocked punt and returned it 13 yards for a touchdown. Treu started at center, but Oakland's offensive line gave up five sacks in the loss to Tampa Bay.
Grant Wistrom, St. Louis Rams
Wistrom started at defensive end and recorded five tackles, including a four-yard sack.
Christian Peter, New York Giants
Peter had two tackles as a backup defensive lineman in New York's loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Grant Wistrom, St. Louis Rams; Doug Colman, Tennessee Titans
Wistrom (pictured) started at defensive end and recorded three tackles for the victorious Rams. Colman did not record any stats as a backup linebacker for the Titans.
Neil Smith, Denver Broncos; Michael Booker, Atlanta Falcons
Smith (pictured) recorded one tackle as a backup defensive lineman for the winning Broncos. Booker started at corner for Atlanta.
Neil Smith and Tony Veland, Denver Broncos; Tyrone Williams, Green Bay Packers
Smith (pictured) started at defensive end and recovered a fumble in the Denver victory. Veland served as a backup defensive back. Williams started at corner for Green Bay and also recovered a fumble.
Tyrone Williams and Calvin Jones, Green Bay Packers
Both Williams (defensive back, pictured) and Jones (running back) served as backups in Green Bay's victory over New England.
Donta Jones and Brenden Stai, Pittsburgh Steelers
Stai started at right guard, and Jones (pictured) was a backup linebacker in Pittsburgh's loss to Dallas.
John Parrella, San Diego Chargers
Parrella was a backup defensive lineman in San Diego's loss to the 49ers.
John Parrella and Nate Turner, Buffalo Bills
Both Parrella and Turner (pictured) were in their rookie seasons with Buffalo but neither recorded any stats in the Bills' Super Bowl loss to Dallas.