Chat with Bill Romanowski
Romanowski won two titles with the Broncos and two with the 49ers.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, four-time Super Bowl champion Bill Romanowski stops by to chat about Super Bowl XLVII that kicks off Sunday from New Orleans.
Romanowski, @billromanowski, spent 16 years in the NFL, six each with the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos and two each with the Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders. He helped lead five teams to the Super Bowl.
During his career, Romanowski, who now runs Nutrition53.com, recorded 39.5 sacks and 18 interceptions. He appeared in 23 playoff games, the third most of all-time by any player.
Send your questions now and join Romanowski Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (12:26 PM)
Bill just finished with Colin Cowherd and should be here in a few minutes to take your questions!
What's it like in the lockeroom just before going out on to the field?
Bill Romanowski (12:38 PM)
The butterflies are flowing for sure. You're very very nervous. You're in the zone. It's kind of the calm before the storm. It's just about getting in that place where you're ready to go to war. You're ready to take people out. You're ready to be as violent as you possibly can. The calm that you get, there is a certain intensity that's second to none.
Both teams play their best, which team wins?
Bill Romanowski (12:39 PM)
I think the more talented team is the San Francisco. They have more talent across the board than Baltimore. But Baltimore has the spiritual "it" factor that everyone's bought into. There's an intensity to it. To say both teams play their best, who wins, I think it's San Francisco. But it comes down to which team makes the plays out on the field when the pressure is there that will win the game. That's where I am leaning, that Baltimore is the team that wins.
How were you able to handle family travel and ticket requests and everything else while still thinking about football?
Bill Romanowski (12:41 PM)
To tell you the truth, it was a pain in the butt. People came out of the woodwork wanting to go to the game. The organizations that I was with, there were so many people helping. In Denver, San Francisco, they made it so easy. In Oakland, it was more of a challenge, because there was only a week before the Super Bowl. Right on top of you was the game, the gameplan, everything that was happening, and you still had to deal with the family issues and the tickets. It is an issue. Usually the team that handles it best usually wins the game.
What's been the most important thing you've learned in the nutrition business?
Bill Romanowski (12:42 PM)
To me, it's doing something you're passionate about. Doing something you love each and every day. For me, I've enjoyed building a company that really will make a difference in the world. Helping people lose weight, helping people sleep better. You change the world by effecting one life at a time.
David (San Diego)
Bill, why is it that running QBs were looked down upon for so long and now all of a sudden it seems like nearly all teams are looking for the next big running QB?
Bill Romanowski (12:44 PM)
It all comes down to if you have a running QB and you win, guess what? People want what works and people want to win. You have RGIII, Wilson, Kaepernick. These guys have taken the league by surprise this year, they really have. You look at those teams making the playoffs and now the Super Bowl coming down to one of those players single handidly beat the Packers in the first round of the playoffs a couple of weeks ago, setting a record by running all around the Packers. Teams want to copy that. With these running QBs, defenses will start to figure out how to stop them. As soon as these guys start getting hurt, it will swing back to pocket passers.
With the Super Bowl being hyped so much how did you get yourself in the right frame of mind?
Bill Romanowski (12:45 PM)
At the end of the day, you still have to play football. Ultimately, that is something you have to focus on. Everything you have to do to get ready for a preseason game, regular season game, you have to go out there and do your job. If you focus on Super Bowl versus playing football, you start to lose track of what got you there.
What are your memories from Media Day?
Bill Romanowski (12:45 PM)
Never had a favorite thing happen at Media Day, to tell you the truth. When I was playing, I wanted nothing to do with the media. As little as possible. As few words as possible.
What do you think about all of the talk surrounding the violence in football? There really isn't any way to legislate it out of the game, is there?
Bill Romanowski (12:47 PM)
That's exactly why I started a nutrition company. One of the things I think people need to do is they need to start looking for ways to take care of guys when they get a blow to the head, when they have one of these violent hits to the head. I developed a product with the top doctors out there, called Neuro 1. I think every player needs to take neuro nutrients. Hyperbaric chambers, I think guys need to use those. Violence, we love it as a society. We want more of the hits, but it takes a toll on the players. Guys need to learn to take better care of themselves. You need to pay attention to advances to the brain and joints to take care of inflammation after the games.
as an experienced steroids user, what are your thoughts on the reports coming from miami about the "anti-aging" clinic?
Bill Romanowski (12:48 PM)
If people really looked into it and wanted to dig deep into every anti-aging clinic across the country, you'll find more and more things. I believe that. I don't know what more to say other than I hear there are some baseball players linked to it. For a lot of years baseball players were not tested for PEDs. If you're not going to be tested, then guys will do whatever they can to hit a baseball farther, run faster. But baseball has done the right thing with their testing.
Erik (New Orleans)
How did you prevent you or your teammates from going out on the town and getting in trouble the week leading into the game?
Bill Romanowski (12:50 PM)
It's pretty hard to do that. Here's what it comes down to. Guys need a release from the pressure. To me, playing in the Super Bowl, it's a football game. The message we had was, if you're going to go out, do it earlier in the week. Coming Wednesday, the red light is up. You need to focus in on the game. We'd spread that word. The times that we won, we had no issues. When we lost in Oakland, we definitely had issues, because there were a lot of guys partying.
What do you think about the Super Bowl being played in a cold weather city NYC next year?
Bill Romanowski (12:51 PM)
I think it is absolutely the worst idea they've ever come up with. It makes no sense to me. In fact, if I was the NFL, I would be figuring out right now how to put a roof over that stadium for that game.
what's the biggest key to the game?
Bill Romanowski (12:52 PM)
I think the biggest key for both teams is about making plays. To win football games, your great players have got to step up and make great plays. The team that makes the most plays and doesn't turn the ball over will win the game. You always have to look at the QB, because he touches the ball on every offensive play. Whatever QB plays the best will probably end up winnin the game.
Bill Romanowski (12:53 PM)
I would just like to say thank you. I appreciate being here to chat. Any fans that want to get a free sample of any of my products can go to Nutrition53.com. I'd be happy to give out free samples or free autographed photos.