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News, notes and happenings regarding players who participated in Super Bowl XL in Detroit.

896 Jackson, Darrell (Seattle Seahawks) (02/06/2006) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Darrell Jackson set a Super Bowl record with five first-quarter receptions, but he disappeared after officials wiped out his 16-yard touchdown grab in the first half. Officials flagged Jackson for interference on the play. "I didn't even touch him," Jackson said. "I guess that's how it is when you are on the road and I guess that's how it is when you are going against the world."

1947 Ward, Hines (Pittsburgh Steelers) (02/06/2006) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Hines Ward joined Terry Bradshaw (two), Franco Harris and Lynn Swann as Steelers Super Bowl MVPs. On why he had a Mickey Mouse tattoo as a teen, Ward said: "I figure you simulate Mickey Mouse, what happens all the time, smiling and laughter. That's who I am on the field. I genuinely love to play football. I'm blessed. I'm very thankful to get the opportunity to be in the NFL. So that's why I always have a smile on my face."

144 Bettis, Jerome (Pittsburgh Steelers) (02/06/2006) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Jerome Bettis, who rushed for 43 yards, raised the Lombardi Trophy and virtually announced his retirement in his hometown after the game. "I think the Bus' last stop is here in Detroit," said Bettis, speaking on the field after the game. "Detroit, you were incredible." Bettis will appear on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Wednesday.

789 Hasselbeck, Matt (Seattle Seahawks) (02/06/2006) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Matt Hasselbeck's numbers suffered from five dropped passes and a series of key penalties as Seattle played one of its sloppiest offensive games in recent memory.

25 Alexander, Shaun (Seattle Seahawks) (02/06/2006) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Shaun Alexander carried 20 times for 95 yards, but the offense failed to sustain drives thanks to five dropped passes. Alexander had one of the drops, but tight end Jerramy Stevens was the main culprit.

1149 Manuel, Marquand (Seattle Seahawks) (02/06/2006) ---------------------------------------------------------- SS Marquand Manuel did not return after suffering a hip injury in the second quarter. The Seahawks missed him badly as replacement Etric Pruitt struggled in relief.

140 Bernard, Rocky (Seattle Seahawks) (02/06/2006) ---------------------------------------------------------- DT Rocky Bernard did not return after suffering a pulled hamstring while blocking on a 76-yard interception return. He is scheduled to become a free agent next month.

1808 Taylor, Ike (Pittsburgh Steelers) (02/06/2006) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Ike Taylor, who intercepted a fourth-quarter pass, shadowed Seattle receiver Darrell Jackson. Jackson tied a Super Bowl record with five receptions in the first quarter but did not catch another pass. Taylor led the Steelers with seven tackles and two passes defensed.

1745 Staley, Duce (Pittsburgh Steelers) (02/06/2006) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Duce Staley dressed for the Super Bowl -- his first game on the active roster since Dec. 4 and only his sixth all season. However, he did not get into the game.

1495 Randle El, Antwaan (Pittsburgh Steelers) (02/06/2006) ---------------------------------------------------------- WR Antwaan Randle El's touchdown pass was the first thrown by a wide receiver in Super Bowl history.

1447 Polamalu, Troy (Pittsburgh Steelers) (02/06/2006) ---------------------------------------------------------- SS Troy Polamalu did not play well, perhaps because of his injured ankle. He did not have a pass defense and finished with five tackles. He also was out of position on Seattle's only touchdown pass.

1557 Roethlisberger, Ben (Pittsburgh Steelers) (02/06/2006) ---------------------------------------------------------- QB Ben Roethlisberger threw two interceptions, almost costing his team the game. He did make a few nice throws, including a 37-yarder across the field to Hines Ward on third-and-28 to the three, setting up Pittsburgh's first touchdown. But he was 9 of 21 for just 123 yards and had a 22.6 passer rating.

1762 Stevens, Jerramy (Seattle Seahawks) (02/06/2006) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Jerramy Stevens had dropped four passes all season. He dropped four in Super Bowl XL and the miscues contributed mightily to the Seahawks' 21-10 defeat. "I think my preparation this week was good and was exactly what it was supposed to be," Stevens said. "When it came to the game, I just didn't get it done." Steelers linebacker Joey Porter had called Stevens soft during the week. He apparently wasn't referring to the tight end's hands, at least not on this night. Stevens consistently got open against the Steelers' defense, and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had time to find him repeatedly for what should have been big plays. The two did connect on a 16-yard touchdown, but Stevens' drops proved costly.

817 Herndon, Kelly (Seattle Seahawks) (02/06/2006) ---------------------------------------------------------- CB Kelly Herndon's 76-yard interception return set up the Seahawks' only touchdown. It was a Super Bowl record for longest interception return, one-yard longer than Willie Brown's 75-yard touchdown return in Super Bowl XI in 1977. Herndon did not score on the play, but the Seattle offense converted the turnover into a touchdown. The play followed a Pittsburgh timeout during which time middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu glanced over at Herndon and saw him smiling. "He had that look in his eyes, even with his shield on," Tatupu said. "Kelly is a fighter."

54518 Miller, Heath (Pittsburgh Steelers) (02/06/2006) ---------------------------------------------------------- TE Heath Miller, strangely, did not have a pass thrown to him in the Super Bowl.

1384 Parker, Willie (Pittsburgh Steelers) (02/06/2006) ---------------------------------------------------------- RB Willie Parker averaged 9.3 yards on 10 carries Sunday. However, other than his one carry for 75 yards he averaged 2.0 yards on nine carries.

735 Haggans, Clark (Pittsburgh Steelers) (02/06/2006) ---------------------------------------------------------- LB Clark Haggans had one of three sacks of Matt Hasselbeck and also had a pass defensed to go with five solo tackles.

221 Brown, Josh (Seattle Seahawks) (02/06/2006) ---------------------------------------------------------- K Josh Brown missed two long field goals in Super Bowl XL, one from 50 yards and another from 54 yards.

1784 Strong, Mack (Seattle Seahawks) (02/06/2006) ---------------------------------------------------------- FB Mack Strong made some thunderous lead blocks as RB Shaun Alexander averaged 4.75 yards per rushing attempt. Strong also appeared to have gained enough yardage for a first down early in the game, but an official measurement determined otherwise. Seattle was forced to punt.

2080 Wistrom, Grant (Seattle Seahawks) (02/06/2006) ---------------------------------------------------------- DE Grant Wistrom had a sack in Super Bowl XL as the front four provided ample pressure. Wistrom was instrumental in limiting Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger to 9-of-21 passing with two interceptions.

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