7 Points With Matt Giordano

Matt Giordano grew professionally by leaps and bounds in his second year in the NFL. The Colts' No. 3 safety and a key special teams player, showed that he was a capable starter as well in 2006. He talked to Scout.com's Ed Thompson in this exclusive interview about the Super Bowl and the offseason.

Ed Thompson: What's the offseason been like for you since winning a Super Bowl?

Matt Giordano: Honestly, it's been pretty busy. Going back to my hometown in California a lot of people were expecting the ring to already be on my finger, but to their disappointment it wasn't. It's been pretty busy, but it's been good.

ET: Have you gotten any word on when you guys will get your rings?

MG: Not officially, I've heard rumors maybe May, maybe June, but I don't know. I'm hoping to get it as soon as possible; I'm excited to see it.

ET: What were some of your impressions from the week leading up to the Super Bowl?

MG: It was pretty hectic. I couldn't believe it. I was to the point where I was ready for the game to start, I just wanted to play. All of the media that was a lot of fun, but it was tough staying focused on the game at hand because that was the most important thing and why we were down there.

Desmond Clark can't hold onto the ball after a big hit by Matt Giordano in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
ET: What helped you guys stay focused during that week?

MG: I have to attribute that to coach Dungy. He always stayed on us and told us to approach this as a normal game and that this was a normal game week, nothing special. And he really instilled that mindset in all of us, and I think that helped us all.

ET: What are some of your most fun memories from that week?

MG: First, hanging out with my wife on the beach in February, that's one of my favorite memories. Also, that media day was so overwhelming I just could not believe it; that's an experience that will take a long time to forget. I just remember seeing this stream of media people come down, it was kind of exciting, too because we saw those two guys from American Idol and that was pretty funny. I have a lot of memories, but those are the ones that stand out right now.

ET: What was the mood like in the locker room before the game?

MG: The mood was pretty relaxed, we were told it was going to be a little bit longer before we got out there after our team warm-up so everyone was really relaxed. You could tell the tension level was up a few more notches than normal because this was a big game, the biggest game of our season, the biggest game of our careers. So there was some tension, but I would have to say it was pretty relaxed as well.

ET: What's your normal pregame routine? And did you follow it before the Super Bowl?

MG: As close as possible. Coach Dungy told us to approach this as a normal game week so I just tried to do the same things to get physically and mentally ready and focused for the game. The day of the game, I like to just be by myself, relax, basically stay calm before the storm. The day before the game I just try to hang out and in a way cross all of the Ts and dot all of the Is, then try to get away for a couple hours, get my mind off of it and just relax.

Scout.com subscribers can read the rest of this interview on Friday. Matt talks about coming out of the tunnel at the Super Bowl and about his game experience. And you'll hear what happened on the opening kickoff that was returned for a touchdown. Matt also talks about the past season and the upcoming one. Be sure to check back on Friday for our exclusive interview with this talented and personable Colts player!

A member of the Professional Football Writers of America, Ed Thompson's NFL and college football player interviews and features have been published across the Scout.com network and syndicated through FoxSports.com's NFL team pages.


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