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January 31, 2011

Steelers have arrived for Super Bowl

The Pittsburgh Steelers arrived at their downtown hotel in Fort Worth at around 12:20 p.m. today after riding in a four-bus motorcade from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. The Steelers plane landed around 11:30 a.m. to begin Super Bowl week in North Texas that culminates in Sunday's game at Cowboys Stadium.  

A throng of Steelers fans were at the Omni hotel to greet the Steelers, as seen on  KXAS/Channel 5's live coverage. The fans were kept back by barricades, but a couple of the Steelers went over to take video of the fans

Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward got off the plane wearing a black cowboy hat and a glearming Texas-size belt buckle, possibly a reference to Green Bay Packers quarter Aaron Rodgers, who has made the "putting on the champion's belt" a signature move after touchdowns.

The Steelers offensive linemen were wearing throwback Michigan State  Spartans No. 76 green jerseys,  which NFL Network hosts surmised was in honor of Steelers lineman Flozell Adams, formerly No. 76 who was a longtime Cowboys starter until his release after the 2009 season.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was one of the first players off the plane and was taking cellphone video of the arrival, as was the player behind him, bushy-bearded defensive end Brett Keisel. Backup quarterback Charlie Batch was taking in the scene with a videocam

Steelers starting center Maurkice Pouncey was shown by NFL Network cameras on crutches and rode a golf cart to the buses. There are media outlets that are reporting Pouncey will  not play in the Super Bowl because of an ankle sprain and possible broken bone.

The Steelers are scheduled to have a news conference with coach Mike Tomlin and some players at 1:30 p.m. today. NFL Network and ESPN are scheduled to have coverage.

The Green Bay Packers are scheduled to arrive at D/FW at around 3:30 p.m. The Packers are staying at the Omni Mandalay at Las Colinas in Irving.

Pittsburgh will practice at TCU, which has the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility if that is needed. The Packers will practice at SMU or use Highland Park High School's indoor facility, should that be needed.


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The Packers are staying at the Omni Mandalay at Las Colinas in Irving.Thanks for the information..

I am doing my part to downplay the Super Bowl hype while it's still in the early stages. After all, now that the Pro Bowl and the Senior Bowl are out of the way, the Super Bowl is the last relevant football game we're going to get until the fall

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