Celebrities on Super Bowl XLV
Posted: Feb. 6, 2011 1:35 p.m. CT
By MARK CONCANNON
The stars are out in Dallas. I spoke to several of the celebrities who are in town for the big game to get their thoughts on Super Bowl XLV:
HUGH JACKMAN, STAR OF STAGE AND SCREEN, TONY AWARD WINNER
"It's my first time at the Super Bowl and I couldn't be happier and I'm happy to say I'm going for Green Bay. So I think they're gonna win this one. I saw that hit Aaron Rodgers took from Julius Peppers; the fact that he kept playing, I couldn't believe it."
DON SHULA, TWO-TIME SUPER BOWL CHAMPION COACH
"I'm a AFC guy. I think the Steelers defensively are outstanding and the quarterback keeps plays going. I like Aaron Rodgers a lot. I liked what he did against Atlanta, but I just think the Steelers are better overall."
ELI MANNING, QUARTERBACK, NEW YORK GIANTS, MVP OF SUPER BOWL XLII
"I see Green Bay. They're hot, they're playing well. I think it will be a tight game. It may come down to who gets the ball last. I think both quarterbacks will be able to drive their teams down to get the win. I assume Green Bay will get the ball last. Both offenses are talented and have players, both defenses are playing great football right now, so I think it will be a fairly low-scoring game and it should be a fun one to watch."
FRANK CALIENDO, NFL ON FOX, NATIONALLY KNOWN COMEDIAN, WAUKESHA NATIVE
"I can't tell you who I'm picking. (Caliendo predicts the outcome of key games at the end of each week's pregame show.) I've been getting e-mails from everybody except the Favre family. I've been telling people, because I've got a lot of friends in Pittsburgh too, I keep saying just because I pick 'em, it doesn't influence the outcome of the game."
DICK VERMEIL, FORMER NFL COACH, WINNING COACH IN SUPER BOWL XXXIV
"I kinda believe Pittsburgh will win. I'm rootin' for Green Bay because Pittsburgh already won one recently and that coach has already experienced one win. I'd like to see a coach who's never won it win it. I know how great it feels. But I think Pittsburgh played a tougher schedule throughout the year and that normally means you're a better team. We'll find out on Sunday. I'd say 27-24, 27-18, somewhere around there. A close game. The team that doesn't turn it over will probably win it."
SUGAR RAY LEONARD, WORLD BOXING CHAMPION IN FIVE WEIGHT CLASSES, 1976 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL WINNER
"I like Green Bay, because my son likes Pittsburgh. My son is 10. I'm excited to be here because whether you're a fighter or a football player, this is the ultimate."
KEVIN CARTER, TWO-TIME PRO BOWL DEFENSIVE END, RETIRED, 14 YEARS IN NFL
"I'm a Packer fan. Aaron Rodgers is playing out of his mind right now. I think you have two great defenses run by two of the best coordinators in the game that have perfected the 3-4. It's really a thing of beauty to watch. Intangibles, Ben Roethlisberger has the experience in head-to-head QB matchup, you'd give him the edge, but I can't give him the edge, I think Aaron Rodgers is just playing crazy. The thing I like about Aaron Rodgers the most is his ability to delegate responsibility and his need to not have the spotlight. He doesn't have to be the star. They've got guys that are 300 pounds scoring touchdowns for 'em. That's always good."
RICH EISEN, HOST, NFL NETWORK
"It's about who turns the ball over less. I think it's really gonna be who plays more mistake-free football. And of course there are ways for that to be counteracted if the hot quarterbacks continue to play hot. The hot defenses continue to play hot. Who plays hotter? I just feel it's a Packer year. I just feel it in me. I predicted the Packers to go to the Super Bowl. I predicted they'd face the Ravens, so I chose the wrong AFC North champion but I just like the Packers. I think it's just their year."
MIKE HAYNES, NINE-TIME PRO BOWL CORNERBACK, RETIRED, 14 YEARS IN NFL
"The two best teams who have won at the right time are here. For me, playing 14 years in the AFC, I always think the AFC is the best conference so I always pick the team representing the AFC. So this year, I'm picking the Steelers. I'd say both teams are going to score two or three touchdowns, the winning team might score three and the losing team might score two."
ISRAEL ADONIJE, DEFENSIVE LINEMAN, CHICAGO BEARS
"Two good teams, they'll both go out and play hard. We'll see what happens."
STEPHEN NICHOLAS, LINEBACKER, ATLANTA FALCONS
"It's gonna be a tough game. In my mind, somebody has to win, somebody has to lose. I believe, my predictions, if they can get to the quarterback, both sides of the ball, whichever quarterback plays the best, that will decide the outcome. I see a low-scoring game. You've got pretty good defenses out there."