Is Staubach rooting against Steelers?

Breaking news: The chairman of the Super Bowl XLV Host Committee — Roger Staubach — has a bias against one of the teams playing in Sunday’s game.

Maybe.

“If I had my druthers and could pick the winner, I’d go for the Packers,” Staubach said during a live chat Monday morning on NFL.com. Staubach was answering a question from a Dallas Cowboys fan who assumed the Hall of Fame quarterback is still bitter about losing two Super Bowls to Pittsburgh in the ‘70s. “Obviously I’m disappointed in losing those two games to the Steelers, particularly the 35-31 game,” he said. “But we lost tough games to the Packers in the early days, too.

“I don’t think I hold a grudge against the Steelers. Or maybe I do.”

Staubach was quick to point out he still has plenty of respect for the team and especially its fans, who have always treated him with respect.

“I don’t dislike the Steelers,” he said, “but I didn’t like losing to them.”

Of course, the Cowboys did gain a measure of revenge when they defeated the Steelers in Super bowl XXX. That was 16 years after Staubach retired, but it still felt good. “I did thank Troy Aikman for winning the game,” he said.

Asked for his prediction on Super Bowl XLV, Staubach showed no bias in his pick:

“My pick right now would be Pittsburgh,” he said, citing the experience most of the Steelers have from playing in Super Bowls XL and XLIII. “I think that’s an advantage — getting through the hoopla of Super Bowl week. They match up very well, so the experience gives them a little edge. I think it’s going to be a close game with Pittsburgh pulling it out.”

For the complete chat, click here.

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