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Branch picks up MVP trophy

February 7, 2005

 Jacksonville, Fl. - With Super Bowl XXXIX so close to his Albany home, Deion Branch had a large crowd of family members and friends in Jacksonville this weekend.

They all had plenty to celebrate last night when the Patriots not only won their third Super Bowl title in the last four years.

 But Deion Branch was named the game's most valuable player.

The MVP award comes with a Cadillac and the Pete Rozelle trophy which Branch picked up Monday morning in Jacksonville from commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

 It is hard to believe that the former Monroe High standout topped last year's Super Bowl performance where he caught ten passes against Carolina.

Sunday night against the best secondary in the the NFL, Deion Branch tied a Super Bowl record with 11 catches.

He also set a Super Bowl record for most receptions in two consecutive Super Bowls and is now the third all-time receiver behind Jerry Rice and Andre Reed.

Deion Branch's statistics rank him with the greatest receivers to play the game but he says it will not go to his head.

Branch said "It is a great honor to be alongside with all of those great guys who have won this award. But the main thing iswe are world champions and you cannot take that away. Don't worry about the big head. My mama has already gotten on to me about that."

Paul Tagliabue said "Maybe the most impressive thing in some ways about Deion's performance is that it was against a very strong defense including three defensive backs who will be headed to Hawaii to play in the Pro Bowl."

Deion Branch is the fourth wide receiver to win the MVP at the Super Bowl.

The first two, Lynn Swann and Fred Bilentikoff, are in the Hall of Fame and the third is future Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.

Deion Branch ranks right up there with greatest receivers to play the game but he says it will not go to his head.

posted at 7:10pm by roberth@walb.com

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