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Rashard Mendenhall rushes to No. 1

Updated: January 31, 2011, 9:46 PM ET
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The entire sports world might be fixated on Jay Cutler, but we're still about recognizing individual athletes who post monster weeks. Case in point? Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall, who punched Pittsburgh's ticket to Super Bowl XLV by punching through the Jets' defense.

Mendenhall's powerful runs earned him the No. 1 nod over Packers rookie Sam Shields, who brought down two game-changing interceptions in the NFC Championship, and Clippers phenom Blake Griffin, who continues ...

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