SUPERBOWL Meet the Seahawks


Matt Hasselbeck (No. 8), QB, 6-foot-4, 223 pounds, 7th year, Boston College.

Has blossomed into the NFC's best passer and a Pro Bowl starter. ... Sixth-round draft pick acquired from Green Bay for 2001 first-rounder. ... Was tutored by coach Mike Holmgren in Green Bay, then Seattle traded for him when Holmgren was hired as Seahawks coach. ... Has been very solid in playoffs with 36 completions in 54 attempts (66.7 percent) for 434 yards, three TDs, no INTs and a 109.6 rating. ... Brother Tim is backup QB for Giants.

Shaun Alexander (37), RB, 5-11, 225, 6th year, Alabama.

NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year. ... Set league mark with 28 TDs (27 rushing) and was leading rusher with 1,880 yards. ... Gained 132 yards on 34 carries in NFC title game win over Carolina one week after concussion knocked him out of victory against Washington. ... Seahawks are 29-5 when he rushes for 100 yards or more. ... Had 11 games with at least 100 yards during season. ... Scored five TDs vs. Houston and four vs. Arizona this season.


Mack Strong (38), FB, 6-0, 245, 13th year, Georgia.

Veteran made his first All-Pro team and first Pro Bowl. ... Bruising blocker, especially in short-yardage situations and near goal line. ... Had career-long 32-yard run in playoffs against Washington. ... Decent receiver out of backfield. ... Could be key against Pittsburgh blitz. ... A team leader.

Jerramy Stevens (86), TE, 6-7, 260, 4th year, Washington.

Beginning to blossom after off-field problems and inconsistent performances. ... Seattle-area player who was first-rounder, 28th overall, in 2002 draft. ... Comes off best season with 45 receptions for 554 yards and five TDs. ... Made six catches and scored TD in NFC title game. ... Former quarterback who switched to tight end at Washington. ... Caused a stir in verbal feud with Steelers LB Joey Porter this week.

Darrell Jackson (82), WR, 6-0, 201, 6th year, Florida.

Missed 10 games with knee injury after making fast start this season. ... Had 29 receptions for 376 yards and two TDs through four games before getting hurt. ... Has been playoff sensation with 15 catches for 218 yards and three TDs. ... Has overcome penchant for drops and is Seattle's most dangerous wideout.

Bobby Engram (84), WR, 5-10, 188, 10th year, Penn State.

Spent first five seasons with Bears, then signed as free agent with Seahawks. ... Made 67 catches in 2005, a personal high in Seattle and second most in one season in his career. ... Despite missing three games with rib injury, he was key part of passing game with 778 yards and three TDs. ... Also can return kicks.


Walter Jones (71), LT, 6-5, 315, 9th year, Florida State.

All-Pro considered the best tackle in football. ... After series of one-year contracts, signed seven-year deal before 2005 season, then was dominant. ... First-round pick in 1997 and a starter in every game he's played. ... Gets downfield to block after clearing room at the line. ... The key blocker for Alexander's MVP performance.

Steve Hutchinson (76), LG, 6-5, 313, 5th year, Michigan.

Jones' partner in the best left-side blocking tandem in NFL. ... First-round choice, 17th overall, in 2001 who becomes free agent after Super Bowl. ... Has started every game in his career, but missed 12 games in 2002 with broken leg. ... Like Jones, an All-Pro, one of four for Seattle.


Bryce Fisher (94), DE, 6-3, 268, 5th year, Air Force.

Joined Seahawks as free agent after four years with Rams. ... Led Seattle with nine sacks. ... Best game was against Dallas with nine tackles and two sacks. ... Had 47 tackles and a forced fumble. ... Fulfilled two-year commitment to Air Force before joining Buffalo for one season, then was claimed off waivers by St. Louis.

Chuck Darby (91), DT, 6-0, 270, 5th year, South Carolina State.


Won a Super Bowl in 2003 with Tampa Bay, playing on superb line with Warren Sapp and Simeon Rice. ... Was regular for only one season with Bucs, 2004, then left as free agent. ... Missed final two regular-season games with knee injury, but has been healthy for playoffs. ... Has seven tackles and a sack in postseason. ... Given name is Chartric.

Rocky Bernard (99), DT, 6-3, 293, 4th year, Texas A&M.

; Really came on this year, ranked second on Seahawks (and in NFL among DTs) with 8 1/2 sacks. ... Had 52 tackles and recovered two fumbles this season. ... Added two sacks against Carolina in NFC championship game, then did "Shakedown" celebration. ... Says he prefers to see teams pass "so I can get me a quarterback."

Grant Wistrom (98), DE, ,6-4, 272, 8th year, Nebraska.

Won Super Bowl with Rams in 2000, lost one in 2002. ... Left St. Louis after six seasons as free agent. ... Missed seven games (knee injury) in 2004, but played every game this season. ... Had 52 tackles, four sacks and six passes defensed. ... Had huge game vs. Dallas with nine tackles and a sack.

Leroy Hill (56), OLB, 6-1, 229, 1st year, Clemson.

One of two rookie starters at linebacker. ... Third-round pick (98th overall), was inactive for season opener, then played each week. ... Became starter vs. Arizona in eighth game and remained there. ... Had six tackles and 1 1/2 sacks vs. Philadelphia, also forcing a fumble. ... Wound up with 67 tackles, 7 1/2 sacks on league's top defense for sacks.

Lofa Tatupu (51), MLB, 6-0, 238, 1st year, Southern California.

The other rookie starter, Seahawks traded up in second round to take him with 45th overall pick. ... Fierce tackler whose hit on Nick Goings knocked Carolina RB out of NFC title game. ... Took charge in huddle in training camp and has been defensive leader since. ... Finished second to San Diego's Shawne Merriman for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. ... Led team with 105 tackles, added four sacks, 10 passes defensed and a fumble recovery. ... Father Mosi was special teams star for Patriots.

D.D. Lewis (54), OLB, 6-1, 241, 4th year, Texas.

Made NFL as undrafted free agent in 2002, the only Seahawk to do it that season. ... Missed 2004 with shoulder injury, but claimed starting job this season. ... Was sidelined for four games, three with knee injury, one for hand problem, in '05. ... Finished with 64 tackles in 12 games and has 15 tackles in two playoff contests.

Andre Dyson (21), CB, 5-10, 183, 5th year, Utah.

Signed as free agent after four seasons, three as full-time starter, with Tennessee. ... 2001 second-round pick by Titans. ... Missed six games, including final four of season, with injuries (hamstring, ankle). ... Had only one interception this season, but ran it 72 yards for TD at Philadelphia.

Marcus Trufant (23), CB, 5-11, 199, 3rd year, Washington State.

Chosen 11th overall in 2003 draft. ... Became starter immediately, but was inconsistent. ... Not quite the playmaker he's expected to be. ... Had five INTs in 2004, but only one this season. ... Missed final game at Green Bay (back), but played in both postseason games.

Michael Boulware (28), SS, 6-3, 223, 2nd year, Florida State.

Converted LB who became starter in 2005. ... Picked 53rd overall in 2004 draft. ... Had 73 tackles, four INTs and two sacks this season and added an INT in NFC championship game. ... Also blocked a field goal against Indianapolis. ... Made 10 tackles against Tennessee. ... Brother Michael won Super Bowl with Ravens.

Meet the Steelers


Ben Roethlisberger (7), QB, ,6-5, 241, 2nd year, Miami, Ohio.

Only QB to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, but then struggled in last season's playoffs. But he's responded in Pittsburgh's seven-game winning streak with some sensational play. ... He's 54-for-72 for 680 yards, seven TDs and one INT. ... Also made a game-saving tackle on fumble return at Indianapolis. ... Missed four games with knee injury and Steelers went 2-2. ... QB rating for three playoffs games: 148.7, 95.3 and 124.9.

Willie Parker (39), RB, 5-10, 209, 2nd year, North Carolina.

A rare speed back for Steelers, was bit player as rookie, but flourished this year. ... Started all 15 games he played, rushing for 1,202 yards and four TDs. ... Made team as rookie free agent in '04 after being part-timer at North Carolina. ... Has not done much in playoffs, yielding to Jerome Bettis in key situations. ... Could be a weapon Sunday if Seahawks key on stopping power runs.

Jerome Bettis (36), RB, 5-11, 255, 13th year, Notre Dame.

The Bus made his first Super Bowl -- in his hometown -- in likely his last NFL game. ... Fifth-leading rusher in NFL history with 13,662 yards. ... Missed first three games of season with calf injury, made up for it with nine TDs and leadership down the stretch. ... Has one touchdown in each of three playoff wins. ... Makes the toughest yards, but also has been used occasionally to throw option passes. ... Has been Super Bowl week's headliner.

Heath Miller (83), TE, 6-5, 256, 1st year, Virginia.

Rookie who filled one of few gaps on offense for Pittsburgh. ... Normally, Steelers prefer glorified tackle at this position, but Miller is a first-rate receiver. ... Made 39 catches for 459 yards and six TDs, and has one touchdown in postseason. .... His matchup with Seattle's safeties could be a key element.

Antwaan Randle El (82), WR, 5-10, 192, 4th year, Indiana.

Former college QB, great athlete who is threat as receiver, runner, passer and punt returner. ... Had so-so season in first year as regular, but has come on in playoffs. ... Ran back two punts for TDs this season. ... Completed all three of his passes, one for TD, in 2005. ... Look for at least one trick play involving him.

Hines Ward (86), WR, 6-0, 205, 8th year, Georgia.

The best blocker among NFL wideouts, he's also a terrific receiver and team leader. ... Also versatile, can run or throw. ... Caught 69 passes for 975 yards and 11 touchdowns. ... Has 10 receptions and two TDs in postseason. ... Like Randle El, is likely to get ball on end-around or reverse. ... Pittsburgh's career reception leader with 574.

Marvel Smith (77) LT, 6-5, 321, 6th year, Arizona State.

Ankle injury plagued him in midseason and hurt performance of entire offensive line. ... Strong straight-on blocker who has upgraded pass protection significantly. ... Played on right side until becoming starting LT in 2004. ... Second-round pick in 2000 who became starter in '01.

Alan Faneca (66), LG, 6-5, 307, 8th year, Louisiana State.

One of the league's best blockers for several seasons. ... An All-Pro, has been starter since being drafted 26th overall in 1998. ... Made fifth straight Pro Bowl this year. ... Watch for Parker to run behind him outside and for Bettis to follow him inside. ... His matchup with Bernard in pass protection could be critical.


Aaron Smith (91), DE, 6-5, 298, 7th year, Northern Colorado.

Fourth-round pick in 1999 who became starter the next year and has been steady throughout career. ... Had only two sacks this season after eight the previous year. ... Ties up blockers to free lanes for Pittsburgh LBs. ... Has had little impact in playoffs.

Casey Hampton (98), NT, 6-1, 325, 5th year, Texas.

One of NFL's top nose tackles, will be in Pro Bowl next week. ... Ties up blockers in middle of line, but also can be disruptive in backfield against running game. ... Not a threat to get sacks. ... After his Longhorns won college football championship, Hampton "sensed" Steelers could win NFL title.

Kimo von Oehlhoffen (67), DE, 6-4, 299, 12th year, Boise State.

Has been called a journeyman, but he has made some important plays throughout his Steelers career. ... Also played for six seasons for Bengals before joining Steelers in 2000 as free agent. ... Had 3 1/2 sacks this season. ... Unintentionally rolled into Bengals QB Carson Palmer, who damaged knee on play and missed rest of playoff game.

Clark Haggans (53), OLB, 6-4, 243, 6th year, Colorado State.

Has perfect size, range and hitting ability to be Steelers LB. ... Became starter in 2004 even though he broke hand in preseason. ... Missed three games early in 2005 with groin injury. ... Finished with 60 tackles and nine sacks (second on team). Also forced four fumbles. ... Has had strong postseason even as he's been overshadowed by other LBs.

James Farrior (51), ILB, 6-2, 243, 9th year, Virginia.

Was All-Pro in 2004, followed it with another outstanding year. ... Made 113 tackles, had two sacks, three forced fumbles and one recovery. ... First-round pick (eighth overall) in 1997 by Jets. ... Joined Steelers as free agent in 2002. ... Former outside LB who found home inside in Pittsburgh's 3-4 alignment. ... Makes plays all over the field.

Larry Foote (50), ILB, 6-0, 239, 4th year, Michigan.

In second season as starter, complements Farrior and Porter very well. ... Also native of Detroit hoping for big homecoming victory. ... Made 123 tackles, tops on team, had three sacks and a fumble recovery. ... Has been disruptive in postseason. ... Will be important factor in trying to stop Alexander's runs.

Joey Porter (55), OLB, 6-3, 250, 7th year, Colorado State.

The catalyst of the defense, he had busy week with his mouth. ... He could be just as busy on Sunday making tackles, pressuring Hasselbeck. ... Led club with 10 1/2 sacks, has three in playoffs, plus a fumble recovery. ... Recovered one fumble and forced five during season, along with 61 tackles and two INTs. ... Seattle must contain him to have success moving ball.

Ike Taylor (24), CB, 6-1, 191, 3rd year, Louisiana-Lafayette.

First-year regular who started 15 games and held Cincinnati All-Pro Chad Johnson without a TD catch in three games. ... Covers top opposing receiver, will see lots Darrell Jackson. ... Very active, will help against run game and made 96 tackles. ... Won't make many INTs (had one in regular season, one in AFC title game), but won't give up many receptions. ... Also will handle kickoff returns.

Troy Polamalu (43), SS, 5-10, 212, 3rd year, Southern California.

The most identifiable defender with his flowing hair and aggressive hits. ... Can be found almost everywhere making plays. ... All-Pro who isn't great in pass coverage, but is outstanding in everything else. ... Sometimes seems to know what play is coming. ... The ball also seems to find him. ... Made 100 tackles, thrme sacks, two interceptions and recovered three fumbles.

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