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DALLAS — Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin gave his final press conference before Super Bowl XLV and issued one memorable statement.

When asked what his feelings were as his team was preparing for Sunday's game, Tomlin said: "I'm a robot. I'm just going to ride the wave."

The only major news to come out of the session was Tomlin's statement that C Maurkice Pouncey must practice Friday in order to play Sunday, but that has been the coach's message all week long.

Tomlin spoke to a less-than-full crowd because the press conference time had been moved up and several media members apparently did not get the memo. He spoke about his team's preparedness in more depth.

"It's going to be a normal business day for us," he said. "This morning into this afternoon is a normal Friday schedule for us. The team doesn't have media responsibilities, so it is going to be normal. After that, I'm sure people are going to spend the majority of the evening dealing with family members that have arrived or are arriving in town, getting them squared away, having family celebrations, if you will, or dinner or so forth.

"In the midst of all of that you asked about the feelings and emotions. It probably depends on who you ask. I would imagine that Hines [Ward's] perspective on all of this is probably a little different than Antonio Brown's. I'll keep an eye on all of the guys and try to provide them what it is they need so they can stay on an emotional even keel and be prepared to play."

The Steelers will move to an undisclosed location on Saturday night, where they will have one final preparation before meeting the Packers on Sunday.

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