Super Bowl Ducks Talk Statue of Liberty, The Spread Offense, Taylor’s and Burrito Boy

At Super Bowl 48 Media Day Feature Writer Mike Ostrom sits down with Former Ducks Max Unger and Will Tukuafu of the Seattle Seahawks with LeGarrette Blount and Patrick Chung of the New England Patriots at Super Bowl Media Day:

Two Oregon Ducks are going to walk away Super Bowl 48 Champions Sunday night in Arizona. The other two Oregon Ducks will walk away feeling like the current Oregon Ducks. . . . great season, large amounts of adversity overcome, just one game short of winning it all.

I polled Duck fans like you and asked, “What questions do you want to ask current Patriots LeGarrette Blount, Patrick Chung and Seahawks Max Unger and Will Tukuafu?

Here are those questions and answers:

Question (from a U of O student): “What class at U of O is a must take before I graduate?”

Max Unger: “Michael Conley’s Alternative Methods to Drug Treatment and substance Abuse Prevention, and I’m not going to tell you why, you just have to take it.” Writer Mike Ostrom with LeGarrette Blount

Mike Ostrom Writer Mike Ostrom with LeGarrette Blount

Question: “Whether you loved him or hated him, what coach will you remember most?”

Patrick Chung: “Coach Neal (U of O secondary coach John Neal) molded me as a player and as a man. I owe him. . He pushed me. . . hard, and made sure I kept working. I’m not here (at the Super Bowl) without him.”

Question: “Who was one of your favorite teammates at Oregon?”

LeGarrette Blount: “Max Unger is probably the best offensive lineman I’ve ever played with, college or pro. He’s one of the big reasons why I had that big year at Oregon my junior year. I love him to death. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to reconnect with him after the game Sunday.”

Question: “What’s the best Eugene lunch menu for someone who can eat a lot?”

Max Unger: “Sweet Basil is cherry man. I love that place. That was a staple on my lunch menu. Good prices, lots of food.”

Patrick Chung: “You gotta go to Burrito Boy. (Chung repeats slowly for emphasis) Bur-ri-to Boy mmmm, oh yea. That’s where it’s at.”

Question: “What play does the coaching staff need to call more on defense?”

Will Tukuafu: “The All out blitz, everybody’s coming.” For full Tukuafu feature and how stretching the truth turned into a trip to the Super Bowl, click here:

Question: “What ever happened to the Statue of Liberty and Fake Statue of Liberty plays? We ran them for a first down and a touchdown against Michigan in 2007 and I don’t think I’ve seen them since.”

Max Unger: “I think those Statue of Liberty plays got retired, but tell Steve Greatwood I said to run “Horn” more often. Tell Coach Greatwood I said that, . . More Horn.”

Reply: “Ok, we’ll tell him during spring camp.”

Question: “Was it hard coming into the NFL transitioning from a spread offense to a pro-style offense?”

Max Unger: “Actually yes. It was difficult to convert to a pro-style offense, but not harder than any other transition.”

Seattle Seahawks Max Unger

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Seattle Seahawks Max Unger

Question: “What was your favorite game at Oregon?”

Patrick Chung: “When we blocked that field goal against Oklahoma (34-33 final at Autzen ). Oh yea.” Can you say Luke Bellotti onside kick? #InstantReplay

Max Unger: “The ’08 Civil War I think it was 60-something to not very much (actual score 65-38) and then and an obscure game earlier in the season we fell behind Fresno State 17-0 and came back to win. That was one of the biggest comebacks I’ve ever been a part of.”

Question: “What do you miss about Oregon?”

Patrick Chung: “The people are so relaxed, everybody’s chill. I think I’ve told everyone on the Patriots that Oregon’s awesome. And I miss Burrito Boy, and Taylors, and Burrito Boy. Oooh I love that Burrito boy.”

Question: “How often do you get back to Oregon?”

Will Tukuafo: “All the time man. I still live in Eugene during the offseason.”

Max Unger: “A couple times a year. My wife is from Coos Bay and ran track at Oregon. I miss the track meets at Hayward field. I try to come back during out bye week every year and catch a football game.”

Unger, Tukuafo, Chung and Blount all have a pretty big on Sunday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 3:30 pm PT.

If you like Super Bowl commercials here’s an interesting preview of something the ad agencies for Dove Soap and Toyota put together featuring former NFL Stars. It hits you right between the eyes if you’re striving to be a good dad:

Top Photo by Mike Ostrom

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Mike Ostrom

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Mike Ostrom is a 1989 Oregon Graduate (Journalism Major) He worked on air as the Sports Director for a CBS affiliate for six years and has free lanced for ESPN, Fox and other media entities. Mike now resides in Dallas, TX. He and his wife play zone defense with their five kids ages 16, 12, 11, 11 and 11. Mike’s full time job is in the Google/Bing advertising space. His family runs a small ministry that provides soccer balls for orphans and underprivileged kids around the world.

  • Mitch Langford

    let me just say that I am VERY concerned with the actions of this author. This is the second post in a row to feature him making a very, VERY disrespectful face and inappropriate mannerisms in his obviously photoshopped camera shots of former Oregon athletes.

    and then to top it all of you end the column by insulting the athletes and saying that they never had strong examples at home so they all need to learn how to be better dads?

    Unbelievable your brashness and wrecklessness in this type of situation/topic. I am surprised that the owners of this website allowed these articles to post!

    • I believe you misunderstand; we are incredibly fortunate to have a seasoned professional in Mike who actually had Media Credentials to be at the Super Bowl Media events. Those are not photo-shopped pics; they are actual, if not rough Smartphone pics of him with former University of Oregon players.

      I think those commercials are inspiring for all of us to be better at our relationships…not just athletes and not just at being a dad. I gotta remember to give my daughter one more hug when I see her….