ARLINGTON, Texas – NFL.com’s Gil Brandt is here, attending his 43rd Super Bowl. That’s a lot of history, folks. Brandt’s notebook is always filled with nuggets about the game.
“For an indication of what Green Bay will do, look at what Arizona did against the Steelers last year,” Brandt said. “The Cardinals had 55 plays in the game – 12 were runs and 43 were passes. In all probability, we’ll see the same ratio today. The Steelers on the other hand, should be close to 50-50 unless they fall way behind.”
Some other little notes from Brandt:
* The Lombardi Trophy is worth $50,000.
* The first Super Bowl drew 61,946 fans. Today’s game was expected to draw 105,000 (we’ll see what the final number is after the seating news).
* Tickets for the first Super Bowl cost $6, $10 and $12. This year, the price is between $600 and $1,200.
* The winners share for the first Super Bowl: $15,000. For Super Bowl XLV: $90,000.
* The 2010 national champion, Auburn, has one player on the field in Super Bowl XLV (Packers CB Pat Lee); Central Michigan, from the Mid-American Conference, has four.
* Pittsburgh has 14 players with two rings – eight of whom are starters. Seven other starters are making their second Super Bowl appearance.
* Doug Legursky, starting at center for Pittsburgh in place of injured Maurkice Pouncey, is the only player in the game who wasn’t born in the United States (he was born in Germany).