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Super Bowl week is one of the busiest weeks of the year for Trey Wingo, and ESPN’s NFL Live (weekdays, 2:30 p.m. ET) and NFL Insiders: Sunday Edition (10 a.m.) host wouldn’t have it any other way.
The biggest game of the NFL season is Wingo’s favorite sporting event and he’s as well-versed in Super Bowl lore as anyone, as evidenced by the video above where he recites the teams, final score and MVP of the first 49 Super Bowl games – by memory.
Before kicking off NFL Live’s on-site coverage of Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco today, Wingo spoke with Front Row about the event and his prominent role in ESPN’s coverage.
You can recite every Super Bowl matchup, score and MVP. How long have you possessed this special skill?
Everyone has their stupid human trick. This one is mine. I’ve always loved everything about the game.
Do you remember the first Super Bowl you ever watched, and what drew you to this event?
Super Bowl VI. We had just moved back to the United States after living in Hong Kong for three years. My family all grew up in Texas. The Cowboys were in the game (24-3, MVP Roger Staubach). And that was it. I was hooked.
What is your best memory of going to the Super Bowl?
Taking my Dad to the three Cowboys Super Bowls in the ’90s. It was nice to thank him for all the things he had done for me.
What most intrigues you about Super Bowl 50?
Forget the quarterbacks. This game will be all about the trenches. Can Denver’s defensive line do to the Panthers what they did to the Patriots? Can Denver’s offensive line hold up against a ferocious Carolina defensive line? Those matchups will determine the winner.
What’s your favorite part of the NFL Live shows during Super Bowl week?
Being there, interacting with the fans who show up, and having players on the set. It’s a great week to cap off the season.
At past Super Bowls you ziplined (Indianapolis), tobogganed (New York) and climbed Camelback Mountain (Arizona) with other members of ESPN’s NFL team. What fun activity do you have planned for San Francisco?
I could tell you. . .but then you might go missing. Safe to say we have something up our sleeve.
On Super Bowl Sunday you will host NFL Insiders: Sunday Edition in the morning and after the game interview the Super Bowl MVP for SportsCenter. How excited are you for these assignments?
It’s going to be great. We will set the table for fans on Super Bowl Sunday and then I’ll be able to wrap it up by talking to the player who made the most significant impact in the most significant game of the year. If you love football, it doesn’t get much better.