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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/ 1/2011

Super Bowl Media Day live: Green Bay Packers' A.J. Hawk on hair

By Cindy Boren

Super Bowl Media Day, the day that each year makes you weep simultaneously for the future of mankind and sports journalism, is underway with an hour of access to the Green Bay Packers first in Dallas. Expect the same silly questions, repeated repeatedly, along with random sightings of Ines Sainz, Ines Sainz interviewing Chad Ochocinco Johnson, Vic the Brick and Pick Boy.

Controversy and a little smack talk erupted over, gasp, hair. Clay Matthews Jr. A.J. Hawk realizes that his lengthy locks aren't as, um, lovely as Troy Polamalu's. (Polamalu's tresses are insured for $1 million.)

"There's no competition there. We don't really compete in that area," Hawk said with a smile. "I would say he can have that crown. He's got that that long, flowing girly hair that all girls want. Girls want to pay for that, so I'm okay with keeping my nasty kind of ratty hair."

Clay Matthews Jr., meanwhile, has an endorsement deal with Suave for Men and mentioned it seemingly every single time he was asked about his hair, although he did admit that "I think I'd shave my head for a Super Bowl victory." (In fairness, it's clean, smooth and shiny. Perhaps he could share with Hawk.)

"I'm not intimidated at all [by Polamalu's hair]," Matthews said. "In fact, I stepped up to the bat by getting my own hair endorsement deal really trying to break up the monopoly he had over the whole hair industry. So, yeah, I'm stepping up to the plate. It'll be a good matchup come Sunday, who's got better hair."

Aaron Rodgers entered Cowboys Stadium and hugged a member of the media. He joked about setting the bar low: "I'm just trying to get through this 60 minutes without saying anything stupid."

Probing interviewer Deion Sanders of the NFL Network asked what the "lowest of the low" moments was for him this year.

"For me this season was Wednesday and Thursday of Patriots week because I had a concussion from the Detroit game and had to go home. I've been sent home from school before but never from work, so it's tough to be away from the guys. I missed being around them, missed the meetings, missed practice and eventually had to miss the game."

On what is the best part of the week: "The game. I enjoy this right here, but I get paid to play not to talk to the media."

Rodgers, asked if he'd called Brett Favre or had called Favre himself, replied: "No."

I think Rodgers also referenced St. Francis of Assisi, but this will require more research.

(A smart drinking game would involve swigging something every time a player says he's blessed or loves the game.)

Charles Woodson says it would be nice if defensive players were considered for the Heisman Trophy. "The problem with defensive guys is we just don't put up the numbers that offensive guys do. Their numbers don't wow you as much as offensive guys.' ... It's a team game, not just offensive guys who go out and put up numbers."

Woodson, presumably joking unless he just saw the guy wearing pelts, says of being on the podium: "I'm having trouble keeping my composure up here. I'm just shaking."

Dom Capers, the Packers' defensive coordinator, on his young defense: "We're sill in the early stages. Pittburgh has been doing this for years."

Not the FQ (Favre question) again...Chad Clifton is asked what the Packers' former quarterback might say to the team. "I would say I hope he's happy for us, being a former teammate."

FQ, this time to Donald Driver: "I think they made the right decision. I think you get to a point in your career where things have to be changed. People have to move on. I didn't think it was going to happen, but things are meant to be. Look where we are now. That was the benefit. The benefit is that we're in the Super Bowl, we're in the Super Bowl once again. This is my first one, but you've got to embrace this moment. ... The good part is I played with two great quarterbacks and one got me to the Super Bowl."

And with that, the first half of media is over.

By Cindy Boren  | February 1, 2011; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Super Bowl XLV  
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I originally typed Clay Matthews Jr. It's A.J. Hawk. This is why you shouldn't watch two TVs at once and listen to a third radio feed.

Posted by: CindyBoren | February 1, 2011 11:36 AM | Report abuse

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