Super Bowl live: The Pittsburgh Steelers arrive in Dallas
Super Bowl Week officially begins with Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin stepping up for the first press conference in Dallas. A few players, including Ben Roethlisberger, will be addressing the media, too. (The Green Bay Packers will be available at 6:15 p.m. EST.) This is a quick-hit running transcript.
Updated at 3 p.m.
Roethlisberger, right out of the gate, was asked about Commissioner Roger Goodell's comment in a Sports Illustrated story that not one NFL player came to Roethlisberger's defense when he was suspended at the start of the season.
"I know for a fact that when the commissioner came to training camp and talked, a lot of guys did," Roethlisberger said. "I'm thankful that my teammates are who they are and I'm really appreciative of them."
Roethlisberger is playing for his third Super Bowl victory and said he isn't taking any time to reflect on his historical position, his history this year or anything else.
"I'm taking it in stride, just enjoying this opportunity, just taking it all in. ... I can't reflect now. I've got to think about this game."
Roethlisberger was asked about his suspension early in the season. He wasn't about to go there. "Well, I think that's a great reflective question and the time for reflecting is after the year. I have to think about this game."
And "Reflecting is not the thing to do right now. You guys will probably just think I'm telling you this, but I don't reflect. The season's not over. It's not the time for me to do it."
Roethlisberger did reflect a bit on the identity of the two teams playing Sunday. "I think it's two very similar teams. The neat thing about this is it's two storied franchises. It's going to be crazy because the whole place will be yellow."
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Tomlin was asked about the status of center Maurkice Pouncey, who hobbled down the steps to the airplane and jumped on a cart for a short ride to the team bus, for Sunday's game. Tomlin was predictably coy about divulging details.
"He has a high ankle sprain. We want to do everything we can to give him the opportunity to play. He's not on a clock until Wednesday, to be honest. We'll be as aggressive as we can to get him in this football game."
Is Pouncey's ankle broken?
"I'm sure it could be characterized as that. I'm sure I have something floating around in my ankle."
Tomlin was asked about Goodell's comment on Roethlisberger. "I don't know what he means or what you mean by 'come to the defense,' so it's difficult for me to comment on that. ... We all make mistakes. His are well-documented. He's doing the best he can to move forward, as are his teammates."
Tomlin was asked about his overall plan for the Steelers. "We're probably two Super Bowls too short of my vision," Tomlin said with a chuckle, "but that's just me. We've got a really good football team, guys who are talented and selfless. We try to maximize the opportunities we have. We're here for the second time in four years, we're excited about it. We're not going to overanalyze it. We're just going to prepare."
Tomlin acknowledged that Super Bowl experience is helpful, to a degree. "This is the third game that I've been involved in in one fashion or another. There is a certain comfort that comes with being experienced, if you will. ... It lessens anxiety in terms of some of the non-football things. If there is a benefit, it's that."
| January 31, 2011; 2:29 PM ET
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