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Roethlisberger, Bradshaw make nice

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a rift between the two greatest quarterbacks in Steelers history apparently has been mended. Terry Bradshaw and Ben Roethlisberger, left, met privately before media day Tuesday, then shook hands and hugged after the 10-minute encounter before doing a 25-minute interview for Fox, which is broadcasting Sunday's game. "We both came to a conclusion that we're Steelers and we're part of that family, and I encouraged him, and I got his back, and I support him 100 percent," said Bradshaw, an NFL studio analyst for Fox. Bradshaw criticized Roethlisberger after a 20-year-old college student accused him of sexual assault in March in Milledgeville, Ga. Bradshaw, who has 23- and 21-year-old daughters, said Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr. would have gotten rid of Roethlisberger after that, the second sexual assault accusation against him in nine months. "It was a good talk, so I think everything's good," said Roethlisberger. "I think Terry maybe spoke a little too soon (in the past) without knowing some of the things and facts. He's entitled to his opinion; he works for the media."

Entrepreneur of the day

So, some enterprising fellow is offering to be your company's walking billboard during the Super Bowl for a mere $430,000, which is way cheaper than a 30-second TV commercial for the game. He'll paint your company logo and message on his upper body and promises to "yell and shout every 10 minutes" and be "going crazy" to make sure the camera notices him during the telecast. He'll also send out photos of himself at the game via Twitter and Facebook.

Steelers vs. Packers

6:30 p.m. Sunday, Arlington, Texas

TV/radio: Ch. 13; 1010-AM

Line: Packers by 21/2

Quote of the day

"It was pretty comical. I got about 15 texts saying, 'Congratulations,' and then the followup 15 saying, 'Sorry that you lost.' It is what it is, bad reporting, whatever you want to call it.''.

Clay Matthews, Packers linebacker, after initial reports mistakenly said he won the league's Defensive Player of the Year award. Steelers safety Troy Polamalu was the winner.

eBay item of the day

How about your very own 1967 Packers championship ring from Super Bowl II? The seller describes the ring as "unissued," with no player name or number inscribed on its side banner. It is labeled as 14 karat gold with a center stone valued at $9,000. According to the ad, it's part of an estate sale by a Green Bay family. Your price: $12,500.

Number of the day

12 Indoor starts in three seasons for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, in which he has 26 TD passes, five interceptions and a 111.1 passer rating.



Trivia question:

Q: Whom did the Steelers draft with the No. 1 overall pick in 1970?

A: Louisiana Tech quarterback Terry Bradshaw. The Steelers were fortunate, winning a coin flip with the Bears to determine which team would get the first pick. Bradshaw became the first quarterback to lead his team to four Super Bowl victories (1974 and 1975 seasons, and 1978 and 1979 seasons) and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989. The Bears traded the No. 2 overall pick for three Packers veterans, none of whom lasted more than two seasons with Chicago.

It's official

Referee Walt Anderson, left, will lead the seven officials selected to work Super Bowl XLV, the NFL announced.

The other crew members are Chad Brown (umpire), Kent Payne (head linesman), John Hussey (line judge), Doug Rosenbaum (field judge), Mike Weatherford (side judge) and Scott Helverson (back judge). The crew collectively has 77 years of NFL officiating experience and 53 combined playoff game assignments.

SUPER BOWL 02/03/11 [Last modified: Thursday, February 3, 2011 9:44pm]
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