Super Bowl 2011: Pittsburgh Steelers DE Aaron Smith Out Of Super Bowl XLV
Super Bowl 2011 will see the continuation of the absence of Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith, who has been out of action since late October due to injury. Smith was officially ruled out of the Super Bowl this week as he continues to rehabilitate from a torn triceps that he suffered on October 24th.
Smith has been replaced throughout the season by Ziggy Hood, who has filled in admirably for the Steelers and will look to continue his strong play on Super Bowl Sunday.
Replacing the 12-year veteran Smith was looked at as a tough task for this Steelers team once the defender went down with the serious triceps injury which has kept him from practicing since that fateful late October day. But the second year player Hood has stepped up in a big way, living up to his first round draft pick status from 2009.
Hood had three sacks during the regular season, an impressive number for a defensive end in the Pittsburgh defensive scheme, as the Steelers bring most of their pressure on quarterbacks from the linebacker spots.
Smith's absence also hasn't been felt against the run, as Hood contributed to the Pittsburgh defensive unit's placement as the top defense in the league against opposing running games.
Now Hood, who is from Texas originally, will head home (in a way) to try and capture his first NFL championship on Sunday. He'll be filling some big shoes in the absent Aaron Smith, but if his regular season is any indication, Ziggy Hood will be up for it.
For more on the big game, check out Super Bowl Predictions: 20 Things You Can Expect To See On Super Bowl Sunday.
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