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Birmingham, Ala. -- You don't have to be a huge fan of sports to realize the monumental game that is taking place on Sunday. The Super Bowl, the most watched sports contest in the world, is days away, and the media contingent has descended on the city of Dallas for the week long preview of Sunday's festivities.
Although the weather isn't cooperating, the legions of press, fans and business will again be through the roof. The parties, interviews and meetings that take place are sure to make history in the city of Dallas. This event is being billed as the mother of all things Super Bowl, starting from the atmosphere to the billion dollar stadium the game is going to be played in. Expectations are high.
I have never had the chance to attend the Super Bowl, but make no mistake this is definitely on my "sports bucket" list. I can only imagine what it would be like to see the swarm of activity, the buzz of the event as it happens on that memorable Sunday. Not this year, but hopefully soon. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
You know what else will have a big place during Super Sunday? The SEC. A quick look of both rosters shows a strong presence from the Southeastern Conference, and a nice bow on what has been another special year for football in the league.
21 former stars from the SEC will take part on the NFL's grandest stage, including some who are vital to outcome of the game. Perhaps the biggest story of this week is about a player who perhaps won't suit up, former Florida Gator Maurkice Pouncey, who is battling an ankle injury and has been the subject of mass speculation. So, like I said, the SEC is in the spotlight just as much as anyone else.
The Green Bay Packers secondary, which features Auburn cornerback Pat Lee and Alabama's Charlie Peprah at safety, will have their hands filled with the Pittsburgh Steelers SEC laden wide receiver. Georgia Bulldog Hines Ward, who has already won a Super Bowl MVP, will line up alongside Ole Miss Rebel Mike Wallace in hopes winning another championship.
Can punter Tim Masthay (Kentucky) dominate field of position with his leg? Will Maurkice Pouncey (Florida) be able to play? Will tight end Donald Lee (Mississippi State) spread the field for the Green Bay attack? All good questions, and all that have SEC answers. Its a small world.
It isn't just on the field where you'll see the SEC stamp. The coaching booths have major conference ties as well. The last two defending National Champions (Auburn and Alabama) will see their alumni compete for the Lombardi Trophy. Kevin Greene and Joe Whitt, Jr. (Auburn) will hope to coach the Steelers to glory, while John Mitchell and Amos Jones (Alabama) will look to bring the title home to Green Bay.
So, as you watch the big game this Sunday, remember this key. All great players on Sunday start their careers on Saturday, and many who take the field on this special day have done so on the campuses of the Southeastern Conference. Enjoy the game.