Super Bowl XLV News and Notes - 2/1/11

Hundreds of fans welcomed the Pittsburgh Steelers to Dallas on Monday.

Returning to his former NFL home, Steelers right tackle Flozell Adams received the Jerome Bettis/Dick LeBeau treatment from some of his teammates.

Adams has no ill will towards the Dallas Cowboys.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is trying hard to convince everyone that he's a changed man, writes Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said none of the NFL players he talked to about Roethlisberger came to his defense.

His Steelers teammates came to the defense of Roethlisberger, which prompted a correction from Sports Illustrated's Peter King.

Mike Tomlin has ably filled big shoes as head coach of the Steelers, writes John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Despite what Tomlin said publicly, defensive end Aaron Smith and center Maurkice Pouncey will not play in Super Bowl XLV.

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu was named the 2010 AP Defensive Player of the Year.

Steelers director of player personnel Kevin Colbert quietly built another elite team, writes Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

For several Steelers, this could be their final game in Black & Gold.

Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley, a potential free agent, feels at home in Pittsburgh, writes Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald.

After starting his career with the New York Jets, James Farrior says he was born to play inside linebacker for the Steelers, writes Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall is on the verge of stardom, writes Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Brett Keisel's epic beard is why the Steelers are in the Super Bowl.

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews fell two votes short of the Defensive Player of the Year award.

"Bloodlines" could help win a first Super Bowl for the football-rich Matthews family.

Matthews has become the cornerstone of Dom Capers' 3-4 defense, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette

Packers inside linebacker A.J. Hawk has been a glue guy on the defense, writes Kevin Seifert of

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers knows winning a Super Bowl is a measuring stick for a quarterback.

Veteran wide receiver Donald Driver is excited to play in his first Super Bowl.

The Packers are downplaying the Steelers' edge in terms of Super Bowl experience.

Charles Woodson, one of the few Packers players with Super Bowl experience has a solution for losing close games.

These Packers are built for speed, writes Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Green Bay weather followed the Packers to Dallas.

The Packers will move their practices to an indoor facility at local high school.

Preparation is a key to the Packers' success, head coach Mike McCarthy said.

Look for the kind of story that encapsulates Super Bowl Week? Here it is.

Packers center Scott Wells is the key to picking up the Steelers' blitz packages, writes Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee.

Today's NFL birthdays: Panthers wide receiver Wallace Wright (27), Browns second-round running back Montario Hardesty (24), Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich (27), Seahawks safety James Brindley (23), Rams wide receiver Joe West (27), and Buccaneers linebacker Simoni Lawrence (22).

Retired running back Dan Doornink (55), punter Mike Horan (52), and quarterback Wade Wilson (52).

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