Fox, Carroll not so different after all

Their stories reveal similar experiences on the road to Super Bowl

Updated: January 31, 2014, 1:28 PM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- It is the story of their lives. One man is remembered in rich detail, with perfect hair, schoolboy exuberance and an effervescent personality; the other man they truly didn't know. There is a frame carrying two photos next to the register at The Salon in Ames, Iowa. The shop's owner, Frank Randall, proudly hung it so customers would know that John Fox and Pete Carroll, opposing coaches in Sunday's Super Bowl, were once assistants at Iowa State.

Carroll's picture is from 1978, ...

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