Back when we were discussing Super Bowl One, which wasn’t called that of course, Paul Harvey made a weird prediction. After remarking that everyone was comparing the two quarterbacks, he predicted that the outcome of the game would not be determined by either of them, but would pivot on the play of free safety Willie Wood of the Green Bay Packers. As it turned out, #24 made an interception that was generally considered to be the key to the Packers’ victory.
Fast forward to 2011, and I’m thinking along similar lines. Everyone is hyperventilating about the two quarterbacks, but I’m going to be looking at/for a guy in the defensive backfield, wearing #43. Where was Troy Polamalu in the NFC championship game? Given the nature of television coverage, it’s hard to be sure, but as far as I could tell he was mostly invisible. If he does that again, Green Bay will win this Super Bowl. If the guy with the big hair has a big day, Steelers players will add another ring
to their collection.