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Mr Haiti Goes to the Super Bowl
In a sign of gratitude to all those who’ve generously contributed to Haiti’s relief effort, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Pierre Garçon floated the Haitian flag at the end of his team’s 31-17 win over the New York Jets in the AFC championship. Garçon and the Colts are en route to Miami, home to the largest Haitian-American diaspora in the United States.
Long before a 7.0 magnitude earthquake ripped through the Caribbean island’s impoverished capital, Garçon’s official Website proudly displayed a giant Haitian flag. Since Port-au-Prince was reduced to rubble, his site has become a magnet for Haitian-American sports fans who want to know how Garcon prepares for his first Super Bowl appearance as he tries to locate missing relatives in his parents’ homeland.
“I am still in disbelief with the situation going on in Haiti. The most painful image was seeing the Palace (our White House) crushed into pieces, that is always the very first place I go visit when I land in Haiti and now its (sic) all gone!” he bemoans on the site.
The young wide receiver was a game-changer for the Colts throughout the playoffs, especially against Baltimore. The Ravens’ strong defense intercepted a pass. Garçon turned around right away, chased All-Pro safety Ed Reed, punched the ball out of his hands to help the Colts recover the ball and shift the momentum back in their favor.
The Jets went into the AFC championship with a simple game plan: Stop Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne. The Colts adjusted by throwing the ball to Garçon and Austin Collie. Garçon finished the night with 11 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown.