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Leinart understanding life as understudy

Matt Leinart's back in the championship spotlight -- but not in the way he imagined when he was the 10th overall pick in the 2006 draft, Jeffri Chadiha writes.

Originally Published: January 27, 2009
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- Arizona Cardinals backup quarterback Matt Leinart knew the tough questions were coming -- again. While his more established teammates mugged for the cameras and joked with reporters during Tuesday's media day for Super Bowl XLIII, Leinart stood under a fake palm tree in a crowded corner of Raymond James Stadium, quietly explaining how it might feel to be on the bench for the biggest game of his life.

"To be a part of the Super Bowl is great," Leinart said. "If you had told ...

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