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Who Are 2011 Super Bowl's Best Players?

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ESPN ranks every player in the Super Bowl. Ben Roethlisberger is No. 1, which seems like a bit of a stretch to me, compared to someone like Troy Polamalu, who’s the best defender (or at least one of the best) in the league’s best defense. But then, it’s kind of an inherently futile task to try to compare a quarterback to a safety or a punter to a nose tackle. But it’s still fun.

Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, James Harrison, Clay Matthews and Polamalu are the top five. You can argue about the rest. Mike Wallace, LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons slot in at numbers 11-13, while Brett Keisel, Rashard Mendenhall, Heath Miller, Casey Hampton and Maurkice Pouncey fit in at numbers 16-20. Between No. 30 and No. 50 is where you’ll find rookie receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown, which makes sense. The last four Steelers ranked are Jeremy Kapinos, Arnaz Battle, Crezdon Butler and Steve McLendon.

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