It’s the television event of the year, so big that even the commercials are ranked by importance and influence. It’s the Super Bowl, and media members and celebrities will flock from all across the country to celebrate the event and root on the two teams participating.
With the spotlight set on Super Bowl XLV, who should be considered to be the faces of this year’s big game? The Wife Hates Sports has the answer – ranking this year’s most influential faces of the Super Bowl – in a three-part series. Chime in on your own personal rankings, and let’s celebrate the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Super Bowl XLV.
The 45 Faces of Super Bowl XLV (Part 1 of 3)
45. Heath Miller
A fan favorite in the Steel City, Heath Miller has accumulated over 3,200 yards receiving as a tight end for the Steelers. In the AFC title game, Miller made a clutch third-down conversion that kept a late game drive alive for Pittsburgh.
44. Chad Clifton
The 11-year veteran is considered to be the anchor of the Green Bay offensive line, and is one of the reasons that the Packers had so much success during the regular season and playoffs. Clifton suffered an injury during the NFC Championship game, but will likely be ready to play.
43. Jeremy Kapinos
In early December, the former Penn State standout was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers to replace Daniel Sepulveda, who suffered a season-ending knee injury during the regular season. Now, he finds himself playing in the Super Bowl.
42. A.J. Hawk
The former Big Ten standout from Ohio State has been a steady force within the Green Bay defense. During the regular season, Hawk had 111 tackles and 3 interceptions. He also had a solid game against the Bears in the NFC Championship.
41. Shaun Suisham
Struggling at times when with the Redskins earlier in the season, Suisham was eventually cut, and later signed on with the Steelers. While with Pittsburgh, Suisham has been quite good, making 14 of his 15 field goal attempts.
40. William Gay
William Gay may not be the most physical or widely known figure on the Pittsburgh defense, but he has been known to come up big in key situations. Take the AFC title game, where Gay had the 19-yard fumble return for a touchdown late in the first half.
39. Andrew Quarless
When at Penn State, TE Andrew Quarless – caught in off-the-field issues and more – failed to reach his potential until his senior year. Drafted by the Packers, the rookie tight end has filled in admirably for injured star Jermichael Finley, reeling in 21 receptions for 238 yards and 1 TD.
38. Ryan Clark
The 9-year veteran has been a solid contributor in the Steelers defense. During the regular season, Clark had 90 tackles, but his best performance may have come in the Divisional Round matchup against Baltimore, where Clark had five tackles, a forced fumble and an interception.
37. Sam Shields
The 23-year old Green Bay Packers cornerback matched his regular season interception total in a crucial game, picking off two balls in the NFC Championship game at Chicago. Shields’ second INT sealed the deal, and sent Green Bay to the Super Bowl.
36. Pittsburgh Backup QB’s (Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch)
Many questioned how the Steelers would open the season without Ben Roethlisberger, who was suspended. Pittsburgh’s backup QB’s – Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch – went a combined 3-1 to open the season, while tossing 3 TD’s with 4 INT’s.
35. Jordy Nelson
Often overlooked due to the number of weapons in the Green Bay offense, the 25-year old Nelson is both tall (6’3”) and quick. He’s also been clutch in the playoffs, accumulating 146 total receiving yards in Green Bay’s last two games.
34. Flozell Adams
Adams is one of the more unique stories of this Super Bowl. The Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman was cut by the Dallas Cowboys last season, and will make his return to Dallas to play in the Super Bowl.
33. Donald Driver
Driver may not be the offensive force that he once was, but the 12-year veteran still makes key plays as a part of the Packers offense. During the playoffs, Driver had five catches against the Eagles and six receptions against the Falcons.
32. The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas will be this year’s Super Bowl halftime performance. Expect no wardrobe malfunctions to occur this year, though there are likely a lot of lonely men out there that wouldn’t mind one from Fergie.
31. John Kuhn
Kuhn is a bruiser and a fan favorite of Packers fans. The Green Bay fullback had 84 rushing attempts during the regular season, a much higher total than most NFL fullbacks will see. Every time he carries the ball, Packers fans respond by chanting “Koooooooooon!!”
Who Will Win Super Bowl XLV?
- Green Bay Packers (68%, 30 Votes)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (32%, 14 Votes)
Total Voters: 44
Who Wins "The Hair Bowl" at Super Bowl XLV?
- Troy Polamalu (52%, 16 Votes)
- Clay Matthews (48%, 15 Votes)
Total Voters: 31