Former Steelers player Brett Keisel is the official hair correspondent for Head & Shoulders for Super Bowl 50 and he took some time to talk with me about shoulders of greatness.
Brett Keisel took to the Super Bowl opening night on Monday night to ask questions of the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers about many hair related topics. Keisel was also celebrating the seventh anniversary of the Super Bowl XLIII winning Steelers team.
It was such a pleasure getting to speak with Keisel. By far one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.
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I particularly enjoyed the fact that seven years later when asked about moments of greatness from the Steelers Super Bowl run in 2008 he thinks of
. Smith’s son was diagnosed with leukemia during the season and Keisel talks about how Smith was able to manage his family’s struggle along with the team’s journey.
Keisel said that the team rallied around Smith and became a closer group as a result. Keisel says that closeness contributed to the team being able to make that run for the championship.
With the obvious highlights of the James Harrison 100-yard interception touchdown return to Santonio Holmes’ amazing catch to Keisel’s own win-sealing forced fumble he still takes the time to retell Smith’s story.
Keisel said that the hairiest team in the Super Bowl this year is by far the Carolina Panthers. A number of them have grown “playoff beards” and how could Keisel not love that? He sees the similarities in the closeness of this Panthers team to the Steelers team that won Super Bowl XLIII.
Keisel’s Super Bowl 50 prediction was Panthers 31 Broncos 24. But, even Keisel knows not to completely discount the Denver Broncos defense.
He also took time to show his appreciation and excitement for two of his former teammates who are playing on opposite sides of Super Bowl 50 with Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders and Panthers receiver Jerricho Cotchery.
I asked Keisel what he thinks about the attention Cam Newton gets for his touchdown celebrations noting how Keisel’s sack celebration was epic and thoroughly enjoyed by Steelers fans. He agreed that players should be having fun and it’s entertaining to watch them score and its all part of the NFL experience that kids dream about to score a touchdown and celebrate it.
Steelers fans need not worry Brett “Da Beard” Keisel still loves Steeler Nation and I don’t think Keisel has to wonder if we love him back.