Super Bowl XLV: Rashard Mendenhall and James Starks Lead Rushing Attacks

January 24, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Steelers and Packers both had run-heavy 2011 seasons, and last Sunday Rashard Mendenhall and James Starks continued to pound out yards for their respective teams.
When they meet in the Super Bowl, it will be the battle for rushing yards that determines the victor.
While both teams have big-name quarterbacks, the running game has defined both teams thus far this season—the teams were third and fourth in rushing in this year's NFL postseason.
Mendenhall and Starks come from different backgrounds (Mendenhall was a first-round pick who has been the feature back for the last two years, while Starks was a sixth-round rookie who had 29 total carries in the regular season and scored his first NFL touchdown in the NFC Championship Game).
Both players will have the weight of Super Bowl expectations upon their shoulders when the prime-time lights finally hit.
Starks spent significant time on the PUP list this season, and it was Brandon Jackson who got the start...

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