The Cardinals have invited the family of the late Pat Tillman, who left the team following the Sept. 11 attacks to join the Army Rangers, to the game Sunday. “I think two things,” said team owner Michael Bidwell. “I think he’s looking down right now, and he’s really excited for us. And the second thing, he’s really ticked off that he’s not down here getting ready to play in the Super Bowl.”
The Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald says that he is willing to renegotiate his contract to help the team re-sign fellow wide receiver Anquan Boldin. “This opportunity right here to be playing deep in the postseason, this is an amazing feeling,” said Fitzgerald. “I'll do whatever it takes to get back to this point going forward in my career.”
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Steelers safety Ryan Clark, who knocked out the Ravens’ Willis McGahee in the AFC championship game, says that he is not a dirty player. “One thing that I’ve noticed in watching those hits, I turned to the side,” he said. “I’ve turned to the side on every hit, and that’s probably why I’ve had two shoulder dislocations this year. I’m not trying to lead with the head.”
Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel profiles Steelers fullback Sean McHugh, who before the season was cut by the Detroit Lions, who finished 0-16. “That’s the thing I’ll never understand,” say McHugh. “They didn’t think I was good enough to be on the worst team in the history of the NFL, but the people here think I’m good enough to help the team out and play in the Super Bowl.”
NBC is refusing to air an ad for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) that says vegetarians have better sex. It joins an ad for AshleyMadison.com, a site that helps people have extramarital affairs, as prominent ads to be banned for this year’s game.