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Football: A Super Bowl shiver hits Texas

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By Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — One Pittsburgh safety kept interrupting reporters' questions about the Super Bowl to complain it was too chilly. A Green Bay receiver bragged that the snow outside made the Packers "the home team."

Even the player known as "The Freezer" said Texas was just too cold.

Five days before the Super Bowl, a wintry blast of snow, ice and bone-chilling winds hit the Dallas area on Tuesday, closing the airport for a couple of hours and turning roads into ice rinks.

As workers shoveled and scraped the icy walkways outside Cowboys Stadium, Green Bay Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji, known for his frigid nickname, was asked about the Big Chill in Big D for the big game.

"Too cold," said the 337-pound Raji. "Feels like the AC is on."

And then some.

Downtown Fort Worth, a few miles from the stadium in Arlington, was virtually deserted. Dave Carden, a production assistant for ESPN's operation in the old cow town, cleared ice off the red-brick streets a day after handing out T-shirts.

"I think you've got enough fans from Pittsburgh and Green Bay to come out," said Tim Callahan, a 28-year-old former stockbroker who lives downtown. "I don't know how many of the locals will come out."


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