Whats the first thing that goes through your mind

first_imgWhat’s the first thing that goes through your mind whenyou think of the Pittsburgh Steelers playing the ArizonaCardinals?If you’re a Cardinals fan, you’ll undoubtedly be besiegedby images of Steeler receiver Santonio Holmes tip-toeingin the corner of the end zone in front of three helplessCardinal defenders for Pittsburgh’s game-winning touchdownin Super Bowl XLIII.Now, if you’re a Cardinals fan and you immediately billSunday’s game against the Steelers as a rematch of thatmemorable evening in Tampa almost three years ago, youshouldn’t. The paths these two franchises have taken since that SuperBowl are vastly different.The Steelers have kept their roster largely intact. Six oftheir Super Bowl starters on offense remain with the team,including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiverHines Ward. On defense, every player who started againstthe Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII is still on the roster. In all, twenty-four Steelers from the 53 players they hadin Tampa back in ’09 are still with the team. Probably apretty good reason why the Steelers are 27-14 since andhave already made a return trip to the Super Bowl, losinglast season’s finale to Green Bay in Arlington, Texas.The Cardinals have had a bit more roster turnover in thelast two-plus seasons. And yes, that is anunderstatement. Only ten players from the Cardinals’ 53-man roster heading into their first Super Bowl remain, andonly two defensive starters (Darnell Dockett and AdrianWilson) are still with the franchise.The others still around are Larry Fitzgerald, LyleSendlein, Deuce Lutui, Levi Brown, Michael Adams, CalaisCampbell, Early Doucet and Brandon Keith. Ten players remain. Ten! Probably a good reason why theCardinals are 17-22 since the Super Bowl match against theSteelers and are in danger of their 2nd straight lastplace finish in the NFC West. Steelers from Super Bowl XLIII Roster Still inPittsburgh: S Ryan Clark, T Willie Colon, QB Dennis Dixon,T Trai Essex, LB James Farrior, LB Larry Foote, CB WilliamGay, NT Casey Hampton, LB James Harrison, NT Chris Hoke,DE Brett Keisel, G Chris Kemoeautu, QB Byron Leftwich, CBBryant McFadden, TE Heath Miller, RB Mewelde Moore, S TroyPolamalu, QB Ben Roethlisberger, DE Aaron Smith, T MaxStarks, CB Ike Taylor, LB Lawrence Timmons, WR Hines Ward,LB LaMarr WoodleyCardinals from Super Bowl XLIII Roster Still inArizona: CB Michael Adams, T Levi Brown, DE CalaisCampbell, DE Darnell Dockett, WR Early Doucet, WR LarryFitzgerald, T Brandon Keith, G Deuce Lutui, C LyleSendlein, S Adrian Wilson (LB Clark Haggans was w/Cardinals, but on injured reserve for Super Bowl) 0 Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img

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