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Antowain Smith Post-Game Transcript

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            **Q:  Antowain, can you talk about the personal level of satisfaction that comes with getting back to the Superbowl and having a great day like you had today?AS:**  

First of all, it was a hard test, but our team was prepared and we just had to go out there and do a job. Right now we are going to Houston for the Superbowl, but right now we are still going on business, and one thing about it, we are going to get down there and we also got a game to play.

Q: Were you surprised at the amount of touches you got today?AS:

No, not really surprised. We wanted to try to go into the game, try to establish something, keep Peyton and the arsenal that he has over on the side.

Q: The day started snowy, a little muddy on the field. Did you feel this was a good day to run the ball?AS:

It seemed like they always run me in the snow so I knew it was going to be my day when I saw snow in the forecast. Offensive line did a great job of opening up some holes for me. My thing was to get in there and run hard.

Q: How does it feel to go back to Houston this time for a Superbowl?AS:

That's a great feeling. It hasn't always sunk in it, I am going home, playing the game in front of family and friends. That's the ultimate dream if you are a professional athlete, to go home and play in front of your home fans.

Q: Speaking of which, you were undefeated at home this year. Is it that much more special to win it in front of everybody?AS:

I think we got the best fans in the world, the best ones or the craziest ones. They stood out there in 10 below, snow, whatever it takes, but they are out there supporting us, and we are very thankful for them. They made it hard on Peyton today and we got one more game to go we have to continue to keep going.

Q: Can you talk about how you are running the ball now as compared to two years ago when you went to the Superbowl, you personally?AS:

Right now my thing is right now I am just going out there, trying to do the best job that I can do, and put my team in the best position that I can and help us win games. Started off the year a little bit slow but picked it up a little bit, started running the ball a lot better, offensive line got better as a unit and we just have the team to go out there and do it.

Q: Is there a sense of personal victory for you today considering you weren't chosen to play in the first game against Indianapolis Colts?AS:

No, I don't think so. The thing is everybody has a role, you have to understand, and, like I say, where you fit in. The first game at Indy, that's what we were going up there to do, it was just my turn to sit out, I was off that day, so the thing is, I had to come back. My teammates still believed in me. That's the main thing that counts, the coaching staff, I knew it would fall back on me at some point and I knew I would have to do my job.

Q: (Inaudible) did the reality of where you are right now exceed even your highest expectations?AS:

No, when I started in July the ultimate goal is to play in the big game, and right now we are on an unbelievable ride, we haven't been beat in quite a while, and we have to continue to keep it going, not get a big head, even though we are playing in the Superbowl, just realize the goal that we have and the chance that we have.

Q: What kind of a team accomplishment is it to get to that game two times in three years?AS:

Two times in three years? That was something that I couldn't picture when I first got here. That's a great achievement, the players, the coaching staff, because it's not easy to get to this point. We went out there and we fought and struggled every day, and we are just gratified now that we are getting a chance to play in the Superbowl.

Q: How much is it going to cost you to play the game in Houston?AS:

Oh, man. Well, that, I really don't know at this point in time, but I am sure I will be getting a lot of calls.

Q: Have you gotten some already?AS:

Of course, numerous, everybody wants a ticket, can I come stay at your house, put me up in a room, so the main thing is we are going to have fun but realize we have one more game to play

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