When the phone call came, asking if he would present the silver trophy at the Super Bowl in February, Raymond Berry took it for a prank.
"You've got to be kidding," he told the caller. "Is this a joke?"
Frank Supowitz, the NFL's senior vice president of events, assured Berry that the offer was legit. The league wanted the Baltimore Colts Hall of Fame receiver to take part in the post-game ceremonies, with the world watching, at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on Feb. 5.
Berry said yes and hung up, agog.
"Mercy, that call about floored me," the 78-year-old football great said. "I was totally blown away. Man alive, it got my...