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Being defending champ can be burden

Updated: August 23, 2011, 9:42 AM ET
By Tedy Bruschi | ESPNBoston.com

The ring can be a burden.

With both of last year's Super Bowl participants eliminated from the playoffs this past weekend, it rekindles the question of why it is so difficult to return to the big game, especially as the defending champion. Many of you still may be wondering how last year's champ, the New Orleans Saints, lost to the sub-.500 Seattle Seahawks on Saturday.

The ring might have had something to do with it.

It's beautiful, something you've wanted your ...

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