Super Bowl XLV News and Notes - 2/4/11

The Green Bay Packers feel confident about winning close games, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Green Bay is excited about cornerback Sam Shields' long-term prospects, writes Pete Dougherty.

Packers guard Daryn Colledge quickly learned about the uniqueness of playing in Green Bay.

Nose tackle Howard Green's availability during the season was a stroke of luck for the Green Bay Packers, general manager Ted Thompson said.

Packers CEO Mark Murphy is on the other side of the labor bargaining table.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers learned a lot about leadership at Butte College in 2002.

Rodgers, who has not been carousing, and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger have different escape styles, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

For Roethlisberger, his Tuesday night out with teammates was part of his Super Bowl routine.

Steelers offensive lineman Willie Colon defended Roethlisberger's night out in the wake of TMZ's report.

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews is his father "amped up by 50 decibels", his uncle Bruce said, according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

"Bloodlines" was a late-bloomer, writes Mike Klis of The Denver Post.

Matthews and Steelers safety Troy Polamalu could have been a San Diego Chargers, writes Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Inside linebacker A.J. Hawk isn't concerned about his contract status.

Packers wide receiver Donald Driver missed Thursday's practice with a sore thigh.

Driver has overcome an early life of poverty and crime to be a success in the NFL, writes Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News.

Driver and Charles Woodson are looking to cap their careers with a Lombardi Trophy.

Packers safety Charlie Peprah's father is flying in from Ghana for the Super Bowl.

Green Bay's receivers are highly competitive on and off the field.

Rookie running back James Starks could be a key component to a Packers win on Sunday.

Packers fullback John Kuhn is grateful for his time with the Steelers, writes Bob Cohn of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

It can be difficult to tell the Packers and Steelers defenses apart.

Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward and linebacker James Farrior aren't thinking about a lockout's affect on their futures.

Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji vs. Steelers center Doug Legursky is another key match-up on Sunday, writes Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Steelers are playing the villain role at the Super Bowl, writes Kevin Gorman.

Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley wouldn't mind receiving the franchise tag this off-season.

The Steelers' patience with running back Rashard Mendenhall is paying off, writes John Romano of the St. Petersburg Times.

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is a true warrior, writes Dan Bickley of The Arizona Republic.

Sports Illustrated's Peter King is picking the Steelers to win the Super Bowl.

Bill Barnwell and Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders preview Super Bowl XLV.

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