Roberto Gotta on 07/12/2012

The Panthers lift the Italian Football League trophy (FIDAF)

The Panthers lift the Italian Football League trophy (FIDAF)

The Panthers Parma won their third consecutive Italian Football League title by defeating the Elephants Catania 61-43 in Italian Super Bowl XXXII on Saturday.

The event was a great success with a huge crowd, a record-setting number of media members (89 among print media, photographers and TV personnel), a live European audience on Eurosport2 HD and a 3-hour tape-delayed broadcast on Italy's main sports network, Raisport1, which all contributed to a memorable edition.   

The Elephants led after the first quarter, 18-7, but the Panthers slowly but steadily rallied then went ahead, heading to the locker rooms with a 38-30 halftime lead. They increased their margin to as much as 18 points (54-36) before a late rally by the Sicilians, who had reached the Super Bowl with the same record, 10-2, as the Panthers, whom they had beaten 201-7 during the regular season.

Kevin Grayson, Parma's former University of Richmond star wide receiver, was named MVP after a performance which included three touchdown reception, 125 receiving yards and a PAT conversion returned for 2 points.

With their third title in a row, the Panthers are now becoming a veritable dynasty in Italian football.