| By Myra Bean
This will be a continuing story about upcoming Super Bowl XL between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks.
In a Wednesday morning telephone interview, Steeler cornerback Deshea Townsend of Batesville, broke down the upcoming week for the Steelers as he and his teammates take on the upcoming game.
It was a lengthy interview so I will just relay a few tidbits on each of the next three articles to keep the upcoming big game in everybody’s mind. (Not like anybody is about to forget, right?)
Anyhoo, as columnist Bob Neill said, let’s get started.
First of all, Deshea realizes the hometown support he is getting and he said, "We did this together. You know that."
I asked him to get a little selfish for a minute because he is a team player. I brought up the subject of us not getting to see much of him on television because they don’t throw to his side of the field very much.
"We have a great secondary here," Townsend said. "I mostly definitely think that is a sign of how I have been playing the last couple of years. Not trying to toot my own horn.
"That’s always a sign of respect not to have a team throw at you," Townsend added. "I was thinking about some of my stats and talking to my friends. I don’t get that many opportunities. It’s hard to make plays on the ball when you don’t get the opportunity."
Make no mistake, the Steelers are planning to win the Super Bowl. When away from the media and the public, Deshea and his friends sit around and talk about the upcoming game.
"We have a lot of veteran guys on the team and we know nobody remembers who comes in second," Townsend said. "You have to win it to be remembered.
"That’s what we are talking about," he continued. "We are happy to be in the Super Bowl but we most definitely want to win it."
Townsend has not forgotten his years at South Panola and the 1993 State Championship ring he and his teammates earned.
"Trying to win a championship is always great, but I want to put that ring beside my South Panola High School State championship ring," Townsend said. "It is another great honor I would have accomplished but that first one is always the most memorable one. When you go 15-0, those are the ones I always think about first."
So go ahead and plan your Super Bowl party or in Angie Ledbetter’s case a Deshea Party and cheer on Batesville’s favorite son.