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Super Bowl Champion Barrett Brooks: ‘Ray Lewis Is the X-Factor, Jerome Bettis Was Ours’

Barrett Brooks won a Super Bowl ring for a retiring Jerome Bettis in 2006, the Baltimore Ravens can win one for Ray Lewis on Sunday (Photo by: Getty Images)

Today on “The Sportsbash” former Steelers and Eagles offensive lineman Barrett Brooks called in to give us his firsthand experience of playing in the Super Bowl.

Brooks won a Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006 when they went on to defeat the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 in Super Bowl XL.

Brooks was in a comparable situation with the Ravens of this year as Jerome Bettis was playing in his final game in the NFL. The story this week has been Ray Lewis who plans on retiring after Sunday’s game and Brooks was asked if his Steelers had any extra motivation of “winning one for Bettis.”

“It’s one of the x-factors that a bookie can’t put in to the game. The 49ers are more talented on paper, but the Ravens might win that game on heart,” Brooks said.

Brooks also tells a story of that season where linebacker Joey Porter held a players only meeting and confronted each player individually about where their mind and heart was that season.

As with every Super Bowl the off the field distractions are unavoidable, but Brooks said most teams try to keep the routine(s) the same as if it were a regular season game.

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