A Super memory

Ex-local grid coach Henry in Goodell's box at Super Bowl

February 6, 2020 Cranberry Local Sports

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Former East Brady and Seneca Valley football coach Terry Henry, center, is flanked by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly at Super Bowl LIV. Henry coached quarterback Kelly at East Brady.

MIAMI — Dining on lobster tail and hobnobbing with celebrities, Terry Henry experienced Super Bowl LIV like few others ever could.

The retired East Brady and Seneca Valley football coach watched the Kansas City Chiefs' 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's suite at Hard Rock Stadium.

“This one is right up there,” Henry, 70, said of the experience. “I've been to a lot of Super Bowls over the years and watching Jim (Kelly) play in four of them were the best.

“But this is probably next in line.”

Henry coached Kelly — the Hall of Famer and legendary Buffalo Bills quarterback — at East Brady. Kelly set Henry up for a spot in Goodell's private box as a surprise 70th birthday gift last summer.

“There were 30 seats in his box,” Henry said. “People would come and go, but I was able to meet David Beckham, Curtis Martin, Urban Meyer, Dabo Swinney ... I didn't want to bother anybody much. They were into the game.”

Dartmouth College head football coach Buddy Teevens was in the suite as well. Henry said Teevens is a good friend of Goodell's.

When Henry arrived at the suite, he was greeted by Goodell.

“He shook my hand and wished me a happy birthday,” Henry said. “I sat next to Jim at the game. It was enjoyable watching it with him.”

Henry said he surprised Martin, a longtime NFL running back and former Pitt star, when he told Martin he remembered him playing for Allderdice.

“He couldn't believe I knew where he went to high school,” Henry said, laughing.

Henry also spoke with former Florida and Ohio State football coach Meyer for a while, asking him if he had the itch to return to college football coaching.

“He told me you always have the itch,” Henry said.

Prior to the game, Henry joined the NFL Tailgate Party, where the band Pit Bull performed “and food and drinks were everywhere.”

In Goodell's suite, lobster, shrimp, hot dogs and assorted side dishes were available all night.

Henry spent each day leading up to the Super Bowl on the water with Kelly, his brothers and friends.

“We were on the inner coastal bay,” Henry said. “We sailed right past downtown Miami three or four times. We were on a $20 million yacht Saturday night and went to Fisher Island to do a birthday party for Jim. His close friend, Jeff Peck, took care of that.”

Peck, a college classmate of Kelly's at Miami (Fla.), lives in Miami. Kelly turns 60 next week.

“Fisher Island is the most expensive zip code in the United States,” Henry said. “There are 14 billionaires living there. The yacht we were on was impressive enough, but some yachts there were $300 million or $400 million. (Dallas Cowboys owner) Jerry Jones has his yacht there.

“There's a lot of stupid money there.”

Henry, Kelly and their entourage traveled to the Super Bowl in a mobile home.

“The whole week was just fantastic,” Henry said. “Something I'll never forget.”

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John Enrietto

John Enrietto

I graduated with a Journalism degree from Ohio University in 1979. I started at the Eagle on August 24, 1997. My awards include 2nd place in feature writing from Ohio Associated Press (while working for the Steubenville Herald-Star), media award from Lernerville Speedway and 3rd place in a Pennsylvania AP contest for story feature.