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Last Updated: Tuesday, 7 February 2006, 17:15 GMT
Super Bowl XL quotes
BBC Sport selects the best of the post-match quotes from Detroit following Pittsburgh's 21-10 triumph over Seattle in Super Bowl XL.


"I've been waiting a long time. We're taking this baby back home and putting it in the trophy room."
Steelers coach Bill Cowher ends a 14-year wait to get his hands on the Vince Lombardi trophy.

"It feels amazing. I finally get to shave so I can't wait."
Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who hadn't used a razor since the Steelers' improbable run to the Super Bowl began.

Bill Cowher
It really does fill a void that's been there
Steelers coach Bill Cowher is finally a Super Bowl winner

"To hear people I grew up with cheering for me in the Super Bowl was incredible, better than I ever thought it'd be."
Detroit-born running back Jerome 'The Bus' Bettis reflects on his last game for the Steelers.

"Now he has that championship, you have to consider him one of the best coaches ever. We're a tough-minded, physical, hard-nosed team - we reflect our coach's character."
Bettis on Cowher.

"The city might go insane - I'm going to get my stuff out before they tear it up."
Steelers free safety Chris Hope on the reaction of Pittsburgh's long-suffering fans.

"I do remember after I did report back, the last thing I said was, 'let's go win a Super Bowl'."
Pittsburgh's Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward recalls how he ended his pre-season contract hold-out.

"When we called it, my eyes lit up and I had to try to not give it away."
Steelers wide receiver Antwaan Randle El on the trick play which saw him throw for a crucial touchdown.

"We came up short. We've got to use that as motivation. It's painful but you take that pain and let it motivate you. We've got to keep this thing going."
Seahawks owner and Microsoft chairman Paul Allen.

"We've got some work ahead of us. You just don't pick up where you left off. It doesn't work that way."
Coach Cowher looks ahead to Pittsburgh's title defence.

"It has been an incredible ride. I came back to Detroit to win a championship. Mission accomplished. Now I have to bid farewell."
That man Bettis has the last word.



SEE ALSO
Bettis savours Super Bowl triumph
06 Feb 06 |  American Football
Steelers seal Super Bowl victory
06 Feb 06 |  American Football
Party in Pittsburgh
07 Feb 06 |  American Football
Super Bowl photos
05 Feb 06 |  Photo Galleries
Super Bowl XL as it happened
05 Feb 06 |  American Football
Super Bowl winners
02 Jan 06 |  American Football
NFL results
10 Oct 05 |  American Football
NFL standings
13 Oct 05 |  American Football
NFL in a nutshell
14 Oct 03 |  American Football


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