Some of the craziest stories from the Super Bowl over the years. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
With Super Bowl LIII just a few days away and the New England Patriots ready to take on the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta, now's the perfect chance to relive some of the most bizarre stories surrounding the big game.
So here are seven super stories — from a Falcons player's arrest to a vanishing Raider and even a Cowboy's cocaine nose spray — that might leave you scratching your head:
STEELERS FAN SHOWERS WITH THE CHAMPS
Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback Terry Bradshaw prepares to throw a pass to one of his fellow teammates. (Getty Images)
NFL Films’ Steve Sabol told the Los Angeles Times in 2010 there was a “pasty-white little bald guy” in the locker room as he and a cameraman were about to enter. He recalled asking Steelers defensive lineman “Mean” Joe Greene who the guy was and even he didn’t know.
The man came out of the shower and was getting undressed in front of a locker near Greene’s, Sabol told the Los Angeles Times. He remembered the fan started to field questions from the media before reporters realized he wasn’t a member of the Steelers.
The man never identified himself.
PATRIOTS CUT PLAYER DAY BEFORE SUPER BOWL
Tiquan Underwood was cut before the Super Bowl. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
In 2011, Tiquan Underwood didn’t exactly make a big difference in the New England Patriots’ efforts in making Super Bowl XLVI against the New York Giants. That could have been the reason why Bill Belichick decided to cut Underwood the day before the game.
A source told ESPN at the time the move was based on the Patriots’ needs as they prepared to take on the Giants. The team promoted defensive lineman Alex Silvestro off the practice squad to take his place.
The Patriots ended up losing to the Giants and Underwood was re-signed three days later.
FALCONS PLAYER ARRESTED NIGHT BEFORE SUPER BOWL
Eugene Robinson #41 of the Atlanta Falcons stands on the sidelines looking on during the Super Bowl XXXIII Game against the Denver Broncos at the Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Robinson offered an undercover Miami police officer $40 in exchange for sex, authorities said at the time, according to The New York Times. After the game, Falcons players admitted they were not as “mentally sharp” as they could have been if Robinson hadn’t gotten arrested.
The Broncos won the game, 34-19. It would be the last time the Falcons made a Super Bowl appearance until 2017.
COWBOYS LINEBACKER SNUCK COCAINE INTO SUPER BOWL XIII
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson (56) during the Cowboys 35-31 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XIII on January 21, 1979 at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. (Ross Lewis/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson’s drug addiction played a huge part in his NFL career and wouldn’t reveal his drug problems until 1981 — and by then, he’d been let go by the San Francisco 49ers.
In Super Bowl XIII with the Cowboys, Henderson reportedly filled a bottle of nose spray with a concoction of cocaine and water and put it into his uniform pants pocket. He was then seen using the mixture before the game and in the third quarter.
He forced a fumble in that game, which led to a Cowboys touchdown. However, the Cowboys lost to the Steelers, 35-31.
RAIDERS OFFENSIVE LINEMAN VANISHES
17 Oct 1999: Barrett Robbins #63 of the Oakland Raiders hikes the ball during the game against the Buffalo Bills at the Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. The Raiders defeated the Bills 20-14. (Rick Stewart /Allsport)
But Robbins vanished the night before the Super Bowl. He didn’t show up until 8 p.m. and, by then, coach Bill Callahan removed him from the gameday roster. Dissecting the incident on HBO’s “Real Sports,” Robbins’ wife said he told her he had been out partying all night in Tijuana because he thought the team had won the game already.
Robbins was later treated at a health clinic and diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
BENGALS RUNNING BACK’S DRUG RELAPSE
25 Sep 1988: Running back Stanley Wilson of the Cincinnati Bengals moves the ball during a game against the Cleveland Browns at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals won the game, 24-17. (Getty Images)
Stanley Wilson was an integral part of the Cincinnati Bengals offense alongside Icky Woods and James Brooks. The trio helped boost the team’s confidence heading into Super Bowl XXIII against the San Francisco 49ers in Miami. However, things changed dramatically the night before the game.
Wilson was found in his hotel bathtub naked and “coked out of his mind,” former offensive coordinator Bruce Coslet told the Cincinnati Enquirer. He said Wilson ran out of the hotel as the paramedics were coming and authorities didn’t find him for days after that.
The Bengals lost the game, 20-16, and Wilson never played another NFL game.
TOM BRADY HAS JERSEY STOLEN
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady catches a ball during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Atlanta, as the team prepares for Super Bowl 53 against the Los Angeles Rams. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
The theft sparked an investigation by the FBI. Houston police Chief Art Acevedo said at the time investigators relied on a tip from an informant and tracked down the jersey. The FBI said the items recovered are worth an estimated $800,000.
The jersey was taken from Brady after the team’s comeback, 34-28, win over the Atlanta Falcons.