It’s still more than a few hours until kickoff, but for most people its football all day long today. To get you ready, here are 13 fun facts about Super Bowl XLV in Dallas between the Steelers and the Packers.
-It’s been 13 years since a running back has won the Super Bowl MVP (Terrell Davis in 1998). Since then, 7 quarterbacks, 3 wide receivers, a safety, and a linebacker have won it.
-Super Bowl XLV is the third Super Bowl to be held in the state of Texas. Super Bowls VIII and XXXVIII were both held in Houston.
-This is Green Bay’s fifth Super Bowl appearance and they have been the favorite each time they have made it to the big game.
-A thirty second commercial for this Super Bowl costs about $3 million dollars.
-The final three cities bidding to host this Super Bowl back in 2007 were Dallas, Indianapolis, and Phoenix.
-The Green Bay Packers are the first sixth seeded playoff team to make it to the Super Bowl out of the NFC. The first sixth seeded playoff team to make it to the Super Bowl was the Steelers when they won it all in 2005.
-The last time these two teams met was in a December 2009 game in which Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers combined for the highest total passing yards in a game that had no interceptions. Rodgers threw for 383 yards that day and Roethlisberger added 503 for a total of 886.
-Dom Capers (defensive coordinator), Kevn Greene (outside linebackers coach), and Darren Perry (defensive backs coach) are all assistant coaches on the Packers staff. In the early 1990s, Capers held that same position with the Steelers and Greene and Perry played linebacker and safety for him.
-Packers’ fullback John Kuhn earned a Super Bowl ring with the Steelers in Super Bowl XL even though he was not on the active roster for the game.
-If the Steelers win, they will be the first team to have won a Super Bowl televised on all four major networks (NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox).
-The Super Bowl’s broadcasters this season will be Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on television and Kevin Harlan and Boomer Esiason on radio.
-The head referee for the Super Bowl is Walt Anderson whose profession before he was promoted to referee was dentist. He was a two time Academic All-American in the early 1970s as a quarterback at Sam Houston State.