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Player Diary: Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders

Pittsburgh rookie wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, a former star at SMU, will be writing an online exclusive Super Bowl XLV diary for the Star-Telegram this week. Here’s his fourth installment:

Today we had our second practice at TCU. Everywhere I look I see purple and white! After playing at SMU, these are not my favorite colors, but hey, I am playing in the Super Bowl, so I can tolerate it for a few days. I am so lucky to be in the Super Bowl in my home state and in the city where I played college football.

The tempo during practice has been very upbeat the past two days - everyone is energetic and excited about Sunday’s big game. I typically get a lot of repetitions in Wednesday practice because, as the third receiver, my primary role is to come in on third down to keep the chains moving so we can put points up on the board.

In today’s practice we focused on red zone offense. This is when we have the ball inside our opponent’s 20-yard line. Success in the red zone is important because instead of settling for a field goal, we can score a touchdown, which means more points and a better chance of winning the game.

Once again, after a full day of practice, I am exhausted and I am back in my hotel room resting up for tomorrow.

Tomorrow’s practice will not be as long, but I will have more to say about that next time.

I am starting to get really excited because we are getting closer to Sunday, when all the talking will come to a stop, and everyone will have to speak with his actions on the field.

Until next time ...

Take care and God bless,

Emmanuel Sanders

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