- Associated Press - Friday, February 4, 2011

DALLAS (AP) - Packers right guard Daryn Colledge has beard envy. He’s so jealous of the growth on the face of Pittsburgh defensive end Brett Keisel that he hinted it may not be natural.

“I think the NFL should look into testing for beard enhancers, things like Rogaine,” Colledge said, clearly joking. “Maybe he’s taken some of that Head & Shoulders from Troy Polamalu for a thicker beard because that thing is epically good.”

Colledge’s beard is thick and full. It just doesn’t dangle inches below his chin.

“I’m just quietly trying to have a nicely groomed beard, a more-refined look,” he said. “Plus, for me to have a beard like that, I would’ve had to start when I was 12. I mean, seriously, that thing is a little out of control. … I think my wife is probably happy I don’t have a beard like that. But part of the man in me wishes I could grow something like that. It looks like he could build a house with his bare hands.”


SUPER TROOPER FEAST: U.S. troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan will have quite a feast to enjoy while watching the Super Bowl on Sunday. All the chicken wings, pizza and chili they can eat.

Among the items sent to Iraq for the Super Bowl are about 120,000 pounds of chicken wings, 35,000 pounds of potato wedges, more than 45,000 pounds of pizza and more than 1,000 gallons of chili. The same kind of menu will be available to troops in Afghanistan.

The taste of home is being provided by Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, a Department of Defense combat support agency that provides a variety of logistics, acquisition and technical services to the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

“We cannot do enough to say thank you to our deployed men and women in uniform sacrificing and serving to protect our way of life here in America,” said Richard Ellis, acting commander of DLA Troop Support. “It is our pleasure and honor to serve them up some familiar fare so they can have a full Super Bowl experience before they continue on their mission.”


THE PRETTIEST PREDICTOR: Her tiara glistening, Miss America Teresa Scanlan predicted the Green Bay Packers will win the Super Bowl.

“I do feel like they’ve got some strong players there,” Scanlan said. “(Aaron) Rodgers really is good, and I think that’s what it comes down to. It’s going to be close, though, so we’ll see.”

Why is the Nebraska native a Packers fan? Because Green Bay running back Brandon Jackson was a Cornhusker; he’s the only NU player on either roster.

Scanlan is at the Super Bowl to take part in the Taste of the NFL, an event Saturday night benefiting food banks across the country.

“Being here, where food is all over the place is and we’re fine, and then to realize that there’s so many people struggling from hunger, it’s really sad,” she said. “A donation of $10, they said, provides 40 meals. It’s amazing what a tiny donation can do. So it’s real important.”

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