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Report: Miami newspaperman Edwin Pope to miss first Super Bowl

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

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NEW YORK -- Edwin Pope, the Miami Herald scribe who has covered every Super Bowl that has been played, will miss his first NFL title game this year, according to his former paper.

The 85-year-old Pope covered the first Super Bowl between the NFL's Packers and the AFL's Chiefs in January 1967 along with a few hundred other writers. That kicked off a run of 47-straight Super Bowls he attended. No reason was given why Pope wouldn't attend this Sunday's game, and he declined comment to the Herald.

In a 2005 Houston Chronicle interview (via the Sherman Report), Pope said, "Honestly, I don't need this game, but I hate to give up the streak."

As far as we can tell, the only other reporters to cover every Super Bowl are Jerry Izenberg of the Newark Star-Ledger, Jerry Green of the Detroit Free Press and New Jersey writer Dave Klein.

In other Super Bowl media news, a record number of credentials have been distributed by the NFL for Sunday's game.

Unfortunately, Pope won't be one of them.

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