TAMPA, Fla. – President Barack Obama is a Bears fan who apparently will root for the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII. Why? Because Steelers owner Dan Rooney was a major Obama supporter during the election.
Rooney, a lifelong Republican, first was impressed by Obama last January, when he watched Obama thank supporters after a surprise win in the Iowa caucuses.
“This is the greatest speech I’ve seen since John Kennedy,” Rooney told his son Jim, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “This guy connects with people like no one I’ve seen since John Kennedy. He convinced me that this is more than just a good politician. I want to stand up and say something for this guy. I want to be involved in this.”
Rooney told the Post-Gazette that Obama is a Bears fan first but that he’s a Steelers fan for this game: “He said it, and all his staff, they’re rooting for us.”
There’s increasing chatter that Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley is a serious candidate to succeed Herman Edwards, whom the Chiefs fired Friday. But Haley sounds like he’s not ready to leave yet.
“Like I’ve told everybody else, I love my job here,” Haley said. “I love the guy I work for (Ken Whisenhunt) and the guys I work with, and I love the guys I coach. I’ve got five kids, so the last thing I’m thinking about is moving anywhere.”
Ward on the mend
Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward insists he’ll be ready for the Super Bowl, despite spraining his right medial collateral ligament in the AFC championship game.
Ward may be limited in practice but there appears little question he’ll play.
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