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.