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Mawae not wary of seeing a Super Bowl

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    <em>Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky</em> <p>Every player in the NFL can claim two Super Bowl tickets. My understanding is he's got to pick them up in the Super Bowl city, and if he doesn't get there, the tickets default back to his team's owner.</p> <table border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" align="right"> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" bgcolor="#c0c0c0"> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" width="100%"> <tr> <td bgcolor="#ffffff"><img src="http://a.espncdn.com/i/headshots/nfl/players/65/602.jpg" alt="" hspace="1" vspace="1" width="65" height="90" align="left" /></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <font face="Verdana" size="1" style="line-height: 1.5em"><font color="#808080">&nbsp;Mawae</font> </font></td> </tr> </table> <p>Some players make the pilgrimage to town to pick them up early in the week, then pass them on to family or friends. It's looked down on, but some surely sell them. Few players seem to go to the game and sit in the stands. It's not quite on par with hockey players declining to touch the Stanley Cup before winning it, but it's a similar sort of thing.</p> <p>"I've gone down and enjoyed the festivities leading up to the game," Titans linebacker <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=2161" target="_new">Keith Bulluck</a> said. "It's a fun week, but I've never gone to a game and I won't until I'm either retired or playing it myself."</p> <p>But veteran center <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=602" target="_new">Kevin Mawae</a> told us late in the season that he changed his thinking when the game was in his home state, attending Super Bowl XXXVI on Feb. 3, 2002, when New England upset St. Louis in New Orleans.</p> <p>He went to the game to root on his friend, Patriots tackle <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=1140" target="_new">Grant Williams</a>, who wound up playing a lot as an injury replacement.</p> <p>Mawae said he recommends to young players that they go to the game and get a good taste of just what they are playing for. It changed the way he looks at the game he desperately wants to play in.</p> <p>I don't know whether he'll stay in Tampa for Sunday's game, but he was there Thursday morning. And as a guest of ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike, <a href="#" onclick="window.open('http://sports.espn.go.com/espnradio/player?context=podcast&id=3868947','Popup','width=780,height=515,scrollbars=no,noresize'); return false;">he said he thinks</a> <img id="listen" src="http://assets.espn.go.com/i/espnradio/05/listen.gif" alt="" align="absmiddle" /> the Steelers are better but will be pulling for the Cardinals on Sunday.</p>

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