Anthony Munoz knows what a "Big Game" is like. He played for the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII in South Florida. He is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. However, Sunday, Munoz is about to experience a whole new kind of sporting experience.
"I'm just coming to check them out. It is impressive what they do out there...Just the focus and intensity, that's what is impressive and I'm just coming here to see that," said Munoz prior to playing in the IZOD Indianapolis 500 golf outing at Brickyard Crossing.
Munoz is one of the many athletes/entertainers who are in Indianapolis for the 94th Running of the Indianapolis 500. While many of the celebrities were very busy Saturday with parties and promotional events, the day before the race was not exactly a day off for the drivers.
All 33 were at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for an autograph session Saturday morning. They also participated in a public drivers meeting. Then, all were in the 500 Festival Parade. Regardless of how busy they drivers were, their minds were on the main objective, Sunday's 500 mile race.
"I'm looking forward to tomorrow, just enjoying today and taking it all in. Everything about May is so much fun," said Ed Carpenter who will drive in his 7th Indianapolis 500 Sunday.
The IZOD Indycar two-seatier will be a part of the field at the start of Sunday's race. Michael Andretti will drive Mark Wahlberg around the 2.5-mile oval. Wahlberg is looking forward to his front-row seat for the 500.
"I'm a speed freak. I just prefer to be behind the wheel, but he's (Andretti) one of the best so I know I'm in good hands," commented Wahlberg.
As great as the start of the race will be and as fun as the parties are, this weekend is all about the race.
"It's my first Indy 500 and I'm really excited about it," said rookie driver Simona de Silvestro.
She isn't the only one who feels that way.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun