Super Bowl Hotties

Super Bowl Hotties
ESSENCE.COM Jan, 26, 2009

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US President Barack Obama accompanied by

US President Barack Obama accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden signs three executive orders to reverse Bush administration labor policies at the White House in Washington, DC January 30, 2009.

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes caught the winning seven-yard touchdown pass with 35 seconds on the clock to give Pittsburgh a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals for a record sixth Super Bowl title February 1.

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Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals enjoys a victory lap after scoring a touchdown to give the Cardinals their first lead against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, Florida.

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Wide receiver Santonio Holmes’s magical play of the fourth quarter wins the game as he keeps both feet in bounds for the winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl XLIII.

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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin celebrates on the field after their 27-23 win against the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1. He makes history as the youngest and second African-American coach to win a championship ring.

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Ike Taylor’s son joins the party on the field after the Steelers bring home the victory.

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Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age: 28
Position: Cornerback (CB)
Sign: Taurus
Creative Thinker: Taylor didn’t have access to workout equipment growing up. Instead of the weight sleds most football players used, a focused Taylor attached a rope around his waist and pulled his uncle, who sat on an old tire, downhill instead.

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Age: 33
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Position: Defensive End (DE)
Sign: Leo
Fight for a Cure: Berry created the Bertrand Berry Foundation to help alleviate the suffering of all children, especially those with illnesses, by offering a better life experience. Berry’s wife has battled a rare form of leukemia since she was 12 years old.

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Age: 25
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Free Safety (FS)
Sign: Virgo
Smart Guy: Smith attended Hubbard High School and Syracuse University, where he majored in retail and consumer studies.

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Age: 22
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Position: Cornerback (CB)
Sign: Aries
Soul Survivor: Despite losing a kidney when he was 8 years old, Rodgers-Cromartie had successful stints as a long jumper and a sprinter before making it to the NFL.

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Age: 24
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Line Backer (LB)
Sign: Scorpio
Hero Connection: Giving back to his hometown community in Saginaw, Michigan, is important to Woodley. Along with St. Louis Ram and good friend Clifton Ryan, Woodley started a football camp last summer that provided free instruction for more than 300 local kids.

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Age: 27
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Position: Defensive End (DE)
Sign: Libra
Iron Man: This Oklahoma native is no one-trick pony. In high school, the defensive end honed his athletic skills as an all-city shot putter.

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Age: 34
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Middle Linebacker (ML)
Sign: Capricorn
Ultimate Farrior: Farrior was quite the athlete in high school, lettering three times in football, track and basketball during his junior year. He was nicknamed by his parents as “Potsie” after the character on the popular sitcom “Happy Days” and his cute pot belly when he was little.

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Age: 30
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Position: RB (Running back)
Sign: Leo
The Big Payback: In 2000, James donated $250,000 to the University of Miami athletics department. His contribution was the largest donation by a former player.

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Age: 28
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Running Back (RB)
Sign: Scorpio
Speed Demon: Fast Willie is notorious for racing against pit bulls in his hometown of Clinton, North Carolina.

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Age: 29
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Position: Strong Safety (SS)
Sign: Scorpio
Veteran’s Day: Wilson currently holds the title as the longest-tenured Cardinal player. This past year marked his eighth season with the team.

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Age: 36
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Head Coach
Sign: Pisces
Greek Life: Tomlin might not be carrying his red and white cane on the field, but he is a proud member of the second-oldest Black Greek organization, Kappa Alpha Psi. We’re also proud of this brother for becoming the youngest African American head coach to make it to the Super Bowl next Sunday.

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Age: 32
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Position: Defensive End (DE)
Sign: Aries
Heaven Sent: It’s hard to keep our eyes off of this man. He’s got brains (he majored in Engineering at Purdue) and good looks. His full name is Chikezie Russell Okeafor but his friends call him, Chike, pronounced CHEE-kay, which in the Igbo dialect of Nigeria means “well made by God.” We second that!

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Age: 32
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Wide Receiver (WR)
Sign: Libra
Friends Forever: After losing the NFC Championship, Ward couldn’t hide his tears when his teammate Jerome Bettis retired from the NFL without a championship ring. “I wanted it more for him than for me,” he told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. “He deserves to be a champion.” Turns out Bettis decided to play another year and the Steelers made it to the Super Bowl again, this time going home with the victory.

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Age: 27
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Position: Corner Back (CB)
Sign: Libra
Lucky Star: Despite being injured in his junior and senior years of high school, Hood still received a scholarship to attend Auburn University.

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Age: 28
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Linebacker (LB)
Sign: Gemini
The Good Samaritan: Call him the unsung hero: Foote paid for a boy’s funeral he didn’t know directly, after learning the boy fell through the same frozen river where Foote once played as a child.

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Age: 26
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Position: Cornerback (CB)
Sign: Scorpio
Legacy: Both of Ware’s parents attended UCLA just as he did. At one time, he had hoped to become a physical therapist or trainer.

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Age: 27
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Linebacker (LB)
Sign: Aquarius
Renaissance Man: Fox is a brother with many talents. He was named to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution’s list of the Top 75 college prospects in Georgia and also interned with the Legacy Financial Group during the 2007 off-season.

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Age: 27
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Position: Linebacker (LB)
Sign: Scorpio
Twice As Much Shine: Dansby, who majored in sociology in college, was also a collegiate basketball player and received all-star honors in his junior year.

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Age: 27
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Strong Safety (SS)
Sign: Aries
Quiet Storm: Polamalu is recognized mostly for his long, sexy, dark hair that flows out from under his helmet. No idea why he refuses to cut (and secure) it, even after getting his hair grabbed by an opposing player. Nonetheless, get ready to see a different side to this mild mannered giant in the much anticipated Coke commercial to air during the Super Bowl where Polamalu takes on the “Mean Joe Green” character popularized in the 1980 commercial.

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Age: 27
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Position: Defensive Tackle (DT)
Sign: Gemini
Strategic Mind: There’s more than meets the eye with this Arizona Cardinal. Dockett majored in political science at Florida State University before heading to the big leagues.

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