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 XLVI, 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 New England Patriots, New York Giants and Super Bowl XLVI.
The 46 Faces of Super Bowl XLVI (Part 1 of 3)
46. Josh McDaniels
McDaniels has been around the block more than most of us, spending time as an offensive coordinator and head coach in the NFL, all by age 35. With Bill O’Brien departing for Penn State soon, McDaniels is back in New England as an offensive assistant. But as NBC sports recently reported, he’s mostly remained out of the spotlight.
45. Jim Irsay
The owner and CEO of the Indianapolis Colts is easily the most open and outspoken owner in the NFL today. Most of his messages are delivered via his Twitter account (@JimIrsay). Included in some of his recent tweets are ways to win Super Bowl tickets (it is his team’s stadium, after all). Irsay has also been trying to iron out all the rumors surrounding his relationship with Peyton Manning.
44. Zoltan Mesko
In a game that’s expected to be close, special teams will become a key part. Mesko had 24 of 57 regular season punts get downed inside the 20. Steve Weatherford, his Super Bowl opponent, managed just 25 inside the 20 over 82 attempts. That, plus Mesko’s unique name can easily get mistaken for Zoltar Speaks, the wishing machine from the movie Big.
43. Kelly Clarkson
The 29-year old pop star, songwriter and winner of the first season of American Idol will be singing the National Anthem during the Super Bowl. Expect a better performance than current Idol judge Steven Tyler could manage during the playoffs a few weeks back. But don’t expect Steve Carell to scream her name as an introduction…
42. Chad Ochocinco
His outlandish ways and unique personality left many fans curious to see how Ochocinco would handle playing in New England, especially if he made it to the Super Bowl. Now, here he is, but no one expects him to make any kind of an impact, especially after the regular season that he had (15 receptions, 276 yards and just 1 TD).
41. Alexa Flutie (Cheerleaders are back!)
Only a handful of NFL franchises do not have cheerleaders, and last year’s Super Bowl between the Packers and Steelers painfully featured none. This year, cheerleaders are back, at least on New England’s sideline. The name many would know is Alexa Flutie, daughter of Doug Flutie. The rest of New England’s squad won’t be anything to complain about, either.
40. Nate Solder
The Giants will send a vicious pass rush at Tom Brady and the Patriots, attempting to force mistakes. In order to fend off New York’s talented defensive front, Nate Solder – a rookie playing in his first Super Bowl – will need to avoid jitters and have a great night.
39. Roger Goodell
Last year during this time, the commissioner had to worry about finding ways to avoid a lockout. This season, he can sit back and enjoy a Super Bowl, further seeking ways to further the growth and health of the National Football League.
38. Ahmad Bradshaw
Bradshaw has battled through injuries, managing just 659 yards on the ground over 12 games during the regular season. Likely to see plenty of work in the Super Bowl, Bradshaw and the New York running game will need to be effective to keep Brady and the New England offense off the field.
37. Danny Woodhead
The 5’8” Woodhead may have seen a dropoff in production this season, but he still is easily one of the more multi-dimensional players playing in this year’s Super Bowl. Don’t be surprised to see him not just heavily involved on special teams, but also during run and pass plays, too.
36. Brandon Jacobs
Like Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs also missed time during the regular season, posting just 571 rushing yards on the season. But the 6’4”, 264-pounder is a battering ram, and not an easy man to take down, especially once he’s able to gain any momentum.
35. Aaron Hernandez
Often playing second fiddle to Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez has put up some gaudy numbers of his own (79 catches, 910 yards, 7 TD’s in regular season). He’s the second part of New England’s two-headed tight end monster, and one of Tom Brady’s many offensive weapons.
34. Justin Tuck
Tuck is yet another member of the Giants that missed significant time during the season. His regular season numbers (37 tackles, one forced fumble, five sacks) are half of his 2010 production, but Tuck is still a force to be reckoned with in the trenches.
33. Jerod Mayo
Just how good was Mayo on defense this season? He missed a handful of games due to injury, yet still led the Patriots in total tackles, with 95.
32. Corey Webster
Webster led the Giants in interceptions with six on the season. That tally was also good for fourth place in the NFL during the regular season.
31. Sterling Moore
Often overshadowed by others on the New England roster, Sterling Moore made a lasting impression when he knocked the ball out of Lee Evans’ hands during the waning seconds of the AFC Championship game. Moore’s heads-up play, along with Billy Cundiff’s missed field goal, led to a Patriots victory, and a trip to Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI.