Sun, 01 Feb 2009 07:28:15 GMT — From players, to footballs, to souvenir shirts, Northwest Ohio will be well represented in Super Bowl XLIII between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. THE PLAYERS Three players from northwest Ohio will be part of Sunday's big game. Findlay's Ben Roethlisberger will start at quarterback for the Steelers. Nate Washington, a graduate of Scott High School, will be at wide receiver for the Steelers. They will face another player with Toledo ties --- Cardinals defensive lineman, Bryan Robinson, a Woodward High School graduate. Nate Washington Bryan Robinson On Friday, teachers, students and staff from both Woodward and Scott did a little friendly trash talking in support of their respective alumni. Emilio Ramirez of Woodward and Treva Jeffries, Director of Small Schools at Scott High placed a friendly, legal, wager on Super Bowl XLIII. The school principal who's grad is on the losing team, will wear the opposing team's school's jersey to school on Monday as a good sport. THE FOOTBALLS Meanwhile the footballs being used in Sunday's big game were manufactured over the past two weeks by a Wilson Sporting Goods plant in Ada, OH in Hardin County. Workers at the Wilson Sporting Goods Football Factory started making the pigskins immediately after the AFC championship game ended two weeks ago.The balls have been printed with the names of the two Super Bowl teams, The Arizona Cardinals and The Pittsburgh Steelers, the date of the game, and the city and state.Wilson has made every football for all 43 Super Bowl games.There are 132 balls for the big game and 12 of those are kicker balls.This Wilson plant has been making NFL footballs for 67 years. CHAMPIONSHIP T-SHIRTS Finally, the Image Group, a Springfield Township company may get a piece of Super Bowl action by printing championship T-shirts for the game --- If the Pittsburgh Steelers win. Ben Roethlisberger If Ben Roethlisberger can lead the Steelers to a second Super Bowl win, then Image Group employees will have to crank out some 3,300 championship T-shirts. They will be needed in Pittsburgh early Monday morning. Obviously Image Group employees cannot start printing the shirts until they know the final score which will probably not be official until sometime around 10 p.m. They will have until 3 a.m. to print the shirts. That's when they will be shipped to Pittsburgh. The game can be seen on WNWO NBC24. Super Bowl coverage starts at noon with the Road To The Super Bowl. The game coverage is expected to start at 6 p.m.
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