TAMPA, Fla. -- This is the Super Bowl without superstars.
There will be no John Elway or Brett Favre playing quarterback in Sunday's NFL championship game. Instead, there's Baltimore's Trent Dilfer and New York's Kerry Collins.
The Ravens have a member of the league's all-time team, safety Rod Woodson. Yet Deion Sanders, who hasn't been anywhere near Raymond James Stadium this week, is a whole lot better known.
Baltimore also has the NFL defensive player of the year, middle linebacker Ray Lewis. But the biggest headlines he's made were when he was charged with murder last year; the charges subsequently were dropped in a plea bargain.
Shannon Sharpe is one of the best tight ends ever to play the game. His prime, however, came and went with Denver.
Several Giants certainly have catchy first names - Tiki, Amani - but they don't have the flash of a Deion. Jason Sehorn is engaged to television star Angie Harmon, but says he's merely an "arm piece."
America's most glamorous game is missing, well, glamour.
"It's a little different," said Sharpe, who won Super Bowls with the Broncos in 1998 and '99. "You don't have the big names like John Elway and Brett Favre, or Terrell (Davis) and Jamal (Anderson) going at it."
Frankly, the Ravens and Giants couldn't care less.
"We're not here to make stars of ourselves," Pro Bowl linebacker Jessie Armstead said. "We're here to win a championship."
Few teams have done that with such obscure casts. Not since the 1991 Washington Redskins has a club been as relatively faceless as these Giants and Ravens.
But faceless to outsiders doesn't necessarily mean unknown to the players.
Or does it?
"We go for something called a tone-setter," Lewis said. "Our defense thrives on it. Basically, it's taking your star out of the game.
"I don't mean hitting him in the knee or anything like that. When their star has the ball, we're going to make him pay for it, remember getting hit. It changes the whole game if you get to their star."
So, Ray, who is their star?
His blank stare spoke volumes.
Not that the Ravens are disrespecting a Pro Bowler such as Armstead, or a record-setter such as Collins, who threw for five touchdowns in the 41-0 NFC title game rout of Minnesota.
They simply aren't reminiscent of Lawrence Taylor or Phil Simms.
"You can't ever walk on the field and see your opponent across from you and think, `Hey man, he's good,' " Lewis said. "The thing we live by is you never have to respect anybody else you're playing against, but don't disrespect them. That's when you take it to a totally different level."
The Giants seem to revel in semi-anonymity. The versatile Barber isn't even the No. 1 running back in his home stadium, not with Curtis Martin playing for the Jets.
Does that bother Barber? Or his teammates?
"We've been a team that is worried about Sundays and not Monday through Saturday and all that is said," Barber said. "We're about what gets things done.
"We don't care about publicity. The reason we do not get a lot of credit is we don't have the one big name, the Marshall Faulk. We're role players who don't gravitate toward the spotlight and mouth off.
"You can be yourself in New York, because there are so many different personalities. We're overshadowed by the Yankees and the Mets and the Rangers ..."
Thye'll get plenty of notice if they are lifting the Vince Lombardi Trophy on Sunday night.
"Whenever you're on center stage," wideout Amani Toomer said, "you want to show your best. This is the biggest stage in football. It's a place where stars are made."
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