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Notes: Dyson tries to change family's Super Bowl history

Associated Press

Detroit — Andre Dyson figures this one is for the family.

Seattle's fifth-year cornerback is making his first appearance in the Super Bowl, a game that's already linked with his family's name.

Brother Kevin came up 1 yard short in the 2000 game, and lost again with Carolina two years ago.

"This is the third Super Bowl in six years for my family, and we have not won one yet," Andre said. "We have just been trying to get that ring, and hopefully we can do it this year."

He knew the topic would come up this week because his brother is linked with one of the game's most famous finishes. The Titans receiver caught a pass and was tackled by the Rams' Mike Jones at the 1-yard line as time ran out in St. Louis' 23-16 win.

Andre got some advice from his brother on what to expect.

"He told me that it is going to be a hectic week, but once the game starts he told me that you will never want to miss another Super Bowl again," Andre said. "Unfortunately, he lost both of the games he was in. Hopefully I can win this game for him."

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OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT: David Greene sure seemed lonesome.

While Seattle teammate Seneca Wallace looked into a camera and talked about his role in the NFC title game Wednesday, Greene sipped from a bottle of water and glanced around the crowded ballroom to see what everyone else was doing.

Giving interviews, mainly.

Not Greene. There's not much interest in a rookie, third-string quarterback at the Super Bowl, unless he has an interesting story to tell. Greene has one, but not much of an audience to go with it.

And that's OK. Like other Super Bowl backups, the 23-year-old quarterback is simply along for the ride this week, and enjoying the view from the back seat.

"It's somewhat similar to a bowl week — times 10!" Greene marveled.

Greene knows all about bowl games. He played in four at Georgia, where he started an NCAA-record 52 consecutive games, set a Division I-A record with 42 career victories and set a Southeastern Conference record for total offense.

Now, he's just another name on an NFL roster, a third-round draft pick who was the Seahawks' emergency quarterback in every game this season. That means not many microphones coming his way this week.

He's not the only one.

During Super Bowl week, the teams' marquee players get risers and speakers to make it easier for the hundreds of reporters to see and hear them. The others are seated at tables in a ballroom, their seats designated with little, folded name cards.

Greene passed the time Wednesday by watching the commotion in the rest of the hotel ballroom. League MVP Shaun Alexander sat behind him on a riser, entertaining about two dozen reporters at any given time during the 75-minute session. Receiver D.J. Hackett, a backup who hasn't caught a ball in the playoffs, sat quietly at an adjacent table, working his cell phone.

One table over, rookie tackle Ray Willis fiddled with his name card and waited for the session to end. Willis was inactive for most of the season — and on Super Bowl media days as well.

Backup safety Etric Pruitt immersed himself in his music, listening to Alicia Keys on his iPod.

The thing they shared — other than their solitude — was the feeling that it was nice just to be there.

"I'm feeling like when I was a freshman back at Georgia," Greene said. "I redshirted there, so it's a very similar role. But it's a new beginning. To be part of this, to be 23 years old and in a Super Bowl, it's unbelievable."

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IN BEN'S FOOTSTEPS: Matt Leinart is following Ben Roethlisberger's successful routine.

The quarterback from Southern California arrived in Detroit on Wednesday to make a promotional appearance and get a feel for what goes on during Super Bowl week. Leinart is expected to go high in the first round of the NFL draft.

When Roethlisberger was coming out of Miami of Ohio in 2004, agent Leigh Steinberg brought him to Houston for Super Bowl week, giving him a glimpse of what might lie ahead.

Two years later, Roethlisberger has the Steelers in the Super Bowl and Leinart — another Steinberg client — is following his predraft script, hoping it turns out the same way.

"I know Ben pretty well," Leinart said Wednesday. "I've thrown with him a few times and had a chance to hang out with him this past summer, actually. I'm happy for him. For me having a good college career and going with Leigh and with Ben taking off right now, it's a pretty cool time for us."

Leinart is trying to get beyond the stinging 41-38 loss to Texas for the national title. Vince Young ran 8 yards for a touchdown with 19 seconds left to decide the Rose Bowl and end USC's 34-game winning streak.

"I actually just watched the film the other day, kind of analyzing and critiquing it," Leinart said. "I didn't even watch the last two series. I just ended it that way."

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BUS AND FOOTE DAYS: Gov. Jennifer Granholm is giving two Detroit natives their own days during Super Bowl week.

Granholm declared today Larry Foote Day in the state, honoring the Pittsburgh linebacker who attended Michigan. That comes a day after Jerome Bettis day, honoring the Steelers running back who went to Notre Dame.

"Their commitment to excellence inspires us all, and we wish them the very best in the championship game," Granholm said.

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PALMER MUM: The Bengals have prohibited quarterback Carson Palmer from talking about his knee injury.

Palmer and Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander were honored Wednesday as FedEx players of the year, an award given in connection with the NFL. Palmer led the league with 32 touchdown passes, and Alexander was the league's top runner with 1,880 yards and a record 28 touchdowns.

Palmer tore ligaments in his left knee during a first-round playoff loss to Pittsburgh. He had planned to be in Detroit to accept the award, but backed out on his doctor's advice.

He also turned down interview requests. A Bengals spokesman confirmed Wednesday that the team still prohibits him from talking about the knee.

The Bengals have said that Palmer had a "typical" injury involving two torn ligaments. Palmer's surgeon later told The Associated Press that the injury was much more severe, but the Pro Bowl quarterback might be able to return for the start of next season.

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NOT-SO-SPECIAL ON ICE: Steelers receiver Sean Morey is considered one of the NFL's better special teams player, but defers to his wife on the question of talent.

"She's the best athlete in the family, there's no doubt about it," Morey said Wednesday.

Morey met his wife, Cara, when she was a star field hockey and ice hockey player at Brown. She was a defender on Canada's 22-and-under ice hockey team and was a strong candidate to play on this year's Olympic team until she broke a leg two years ago.

The Canadian team recently sent Cara an autographed jersey, since she won't be in Italy.

Morey might be the only NFL player who plays beer-league hockey in Canada when he visits with his wife's family. He has a nickname: The Pylon, because players skate around him so easily.

"I have no stick skills, but I'll hit somebody," said Morey, who wore a Toronto Maple Leafs shirt Wednesday.

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