INDIANAPOLIS — Danny Woodhead is listed as 5-foot-8, 195 pounds by the Patriots. Dustin Pedroia is listed as 5-foot-9, 180 pounds by the Red Sox.
Both have been told they were too small to make in their respective sports. But Pedroia helped win a World Series and now Woodhead will be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday.
The question had to be asked. Has Woodhead ever met Pedroia?
"I have not met him. I've seen him play a lot, but I've never met him," Woodhead said. "I'm sure he would be the first to say, too, that his height probably does not make a big difference in his game. Everyone else wants to make a big deal about it. But it's really not.
"Dustin is a great player and he's accomplished a lot. He's a guy I would love to meet and hopefully I'll have a chance to make it over to Fenway some day."
Meanwhile, the Patriots players held their final press conference today before the game. Bill Belichick will do one more tomorrow.
Belichick seems oddly relaxed to me. He has cracked jokes at the press conferences, given reasonable — even expansive — answers to every question and even talked about what they've done in practice.
He either is supremely confident or he can't believe this team even got to the Super Bowl given all of its defensive issues.
The players are a relatively cheerful bunch based on my limited exposure to them this week. None of the Patriots make silly predictions or go too in-depth when talking about the game. But they're happy to talk about almost anything else.
Wes Welker is really funny.. Who knew? And Rob Gronkowski is, too. Also enjoyed talking to Kevin Faulk, the grand old man of the Patriots.
The Giants, conversely, are pretty arrogant for a team that lost seven games during the season. I've lost count at how many of them have guaranteed victory. You would expect better of a team coached by Tom Coughlin.
All in all, covering the Super Bowl has been fun. But spring training beckons a week from today.