Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he harbors no ill will toward Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt, who was the Steelers’ offensive coordinator for Roethlisberger’s first three years. Roethlisberger chose not to shake Whisenhunt’s hand after last year’s game between the two teams because he was upset about comments Whisenhunt made about Roethlisberger’s 2006 accident.
Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes disclosed that he sold drugs as a child growing up in Belle Glade, Fla. “Either you go to sell drugs or you play football,'” said Holmes about his neighborhood. “You’re going to do sports or you’re going to be on the corner.”
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Dick LeBeau, the Steelers’ 71-year-old defensive coordinator, told the team he would not be retiring after the game, contrary to rumors started by a radio show. “He said that if he was going to do something like that, then we would be the first to know,” said defensive end Brett Keisel.
Cardinals backup quarterback Matt Leinart, a first round draft pick in 2006, says that this year has been a good learning experience for him. “The only way I look at it is, wow, I’m learning from this guy,” Leinart said of Warner. “I’m part of this Super Bowl run; I have a long career ahead of me; and hopefully I’ll get to lead this team to another Super Bowl.”
The Boston Globe report that Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, who left the AFC championship game with a sprained right MCL, had a hyperbaric oxygen chamber shipped to Tampa to help heal his injury. Ward, who has yet to practice since the injury, is confident that he will be ready for Sunday.
The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that corporations are scaling back their Super Bowl advertising and promotions this year due to the recession and the relatively unglamorous location of Tampa Bay.