Super Bowl notebook: Ray Lewis avoids substance talk
NEW ORLEANS — Ray Lewis declined to directly address a Sports Illustrated report that he sought help from a company that makes the unorthodox product to speed up his recovery from a torn right triceps. Lewis was the NFL's leading tackler in the playoffs after missing 10 regular-season games with the injury.
The company says its deer-antler substance contains a byproduct of human growth hormone.
Lewis dismissed the report Tuesday as "stupidity." He said: "There's never been a question of if I ever even thought about using" a banned substance.
The 37-year-old Lewis plans to retire after Sunday's Super Bowl. He was the MVP of the 2001 title game.
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Randy Moss: From star to afterthought with 49ers
Randy Moss used to be a star. Now, he's just an afterthought with the San Francisco 49ers.
It's a role he's still struggling to accept.
Moss spent much of his career as one of the NFL's top receivers. During Super Bowl media day on Tuesday, he called himself "the greatest receiver ever to do it." That's a claim sure to be debated in NFL circles.
One thing is certain: the 35-year-old Moss is no longer an elite receiver. This season with the 49ers, he caught just 28 passes for 434 yards and three touchdowns.
While Moss says he "doesn't understand" being a blocker and a decoy, he's willing to accept his new status if that's what it takes to win his first Super Bowl.
Is flag football ahead for NFL?
Players on both Super Bowl teams say they are confused about when a hit is legal by NFL standards.
Rules designed to make the game safer are also making players uncertain about which hits are considered clean and which ones could lead to a fine.
San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis wondered if two-hand touch is in the future for the NFL.
"I think the rules will change a lot," he said Tuesday. "There's already no helmet to helmet. Might be flag football, maybe."
Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard, one of the league's hardest hitters, warned against trying to take collisions out of the game, as long as they are clean.
His 49ers counterpart, All-Pro Dashon Goldson, says defenders keep this in mind when they take the field:
"Do your best and then hope you don't get a letter (with a fine) in your locker on Wednesday," he said.
Thousands of pizzas heading to troops
Thousands of Chicago-style pizzas are headed overseas to members of the military in time for Super Bowl Sunday.
The nonprofit group Pizza 4 Patriots has been sending pies to service members since 2008. Their mission is to bring service members the comforts of home while they're deployed.
Gov. Pat Quinn has partnered with the group and DHL Express for the project.
Officials announced Tuesday that 21,000 pizzas will be shipped to Afghanistan and Kuwait. The pizzas will be packed ready to bake and come from Great Kitchens in suburban Chicago.