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Nothing quite like the first time

Overwhelming aspects of the Super Bowl can be a lot to handle for the uninitiated

Originally Published: February 6, 2011
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- There might be no equivalent in all of sports to the shrieking, searing, sensory overload of playing in the Super Bowl for the first time.

Professional athletes learn to channel their emotions, like a finely calibrated instrument, to enhance the quality of their play. But that initial Super Bowl experience can be so mind-blowing, so unnerving, that control is not always possible.

"You tell yourself the field is the same size, 100 yards by 53 yards. ...

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