Sunday, February 6, 2011
No record crowd, but stadium was loud
By Todd Archer
ARLINGTON, Texas -- While there was some local disappointment that Super Bowl XLV did not set the game’s attendance record, the size of the crowd impressed some of the Packers.
Linebacker A.J. Hawk played in front of some big crowds at Ohio State and said there was a noticeable feel to Cowboys Stadium on Sunday.
“It got pretty loud,” Hawk said. “Both the Steelers and the Packers have a pretty strong following with their fan bases and I knew it was going to be a little different. Until the game started you knew you were playing on a pretty big stage.”
Earlier in the week, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy showed his players the movie Hoosiers to make sure they did not get in awe of the $1.2 billion stadium.
“Once you’re on the football field, football becomes football,” wide receiver Greg Jennings said. “The football doesn’t get any bigger. The field doesn’t get any longer. Now the JumboTron is rather huge, but that was about it. Football is football no matter where you play.”