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.
6,329 media members are accredited to provide coverage of SB XLVIII and related events from NY & NJ, most in SB history— Michael Signora (@NFLfootballinfo) January 28, 2014
Unfortunately, Pope won't be one of them.
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