February 03, 2018 12:02 PM
Saturday morning NFL stars gathered for the annual Super Bowl Breakfast at the Minneapolis Hilton downtown.
The breakfast is a hot-ticket event and is always held in the Super Bowl host city the day before the big game.
During the breakfast, the Bart Starr Award is given to one player who has been a positive role model to his family, teammates, and the community. This year's recipient was Baltimore Ravens' Benjamin Watson.
"When I got drafted in 2004, I wanted to be the best football player that I could be, but I also wanted to be someone who stood for what was right, stood for what was true and left a legacy," Watson said during the breakfast. "So to stand here before you is kind of a fulfillment of that dream."
Past winners of this Bart Starr Award include Matthew Slater, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees.
The room was packed with roughly 1,700 business executives from the Twin Cities to see NFL players and coaches, and hear their stories.
"We're just excited to be here in the presence of all these great legends," said Stephanie Lee, who said she purchased her ticket early because she knew they would sell out. She was right.
Among the guests at this year's breakfast were Tony Dungy, Kevin Warren with the Minnesota Vikings, along with several former Vikings players.
Case Keenum, who was also in attendance, relived the infamous "Buffalo Right Seven Heaven" – the play call that made the Minnesota Miracle.
"I told them all in the huddle at the beginning of the play, 'I'm going to give one of you all a chance.' And that's all they needed. And guys were at the right place at the right time," he said.
Breakfast began at 8 a.m. Saturday.
Updated: February 03, 2018 12:02 PM
Created: February 03, 2018 07:40 AM
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