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2011 Celebrity Super Bowl Poll

Celebrities make their Super Bowl XLV predictions.

Twenty-five celebrities from entertainment, news, sports and pop culture predict the winner of Sunday's Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers. This is an abridged version of the 22nd annual Scripps Howard Celebrity Super Bowl Poll. For the complete Celerity Poll with predictions from 97 celebrities, go to

DONALD TRUMP, businessman, "The Apprentice": Pittsburgh, 21-14. Steelers will win because Big Ben is a winning football player.

MAYA ANGELOU, poet and author: Green Bay, 27-7. I am supporting the Green Bay Packers because of the wonderful cheese and butter.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL, NBA star, Boston Celtics: Pittsburgh, 24-17. Big Ben is a friend of mine, has been for several years. He has regained his focus after the beginning of the season in turmoil.

STAN MUSIAL, baseball Hall of Famer: Pittsburgh.

JACK NICKLAUS, golf Hall of Famer: Pittsburgh, 27-24. I am an AFC guy because of my longtime support of the Miami Dolphins. Even though I have always been a big fan of the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers, I still have to go with the AFC.

DAVE GROHL, rock star, Foo Fighters: Pittsburgh by a hare (It's the Year of the Rabbit, you know).

KEITH URBAN, country music star: Green Bay. I think they're both obviously fantastic teams. I'd like to see the Packers win, just to be a nice moment. I have a lot of friends in Wisconsin.

MARK WAHLBERG, actor and producer: Not the Patriots, so I don't care.

JOE MANTEGNA, actor, "Criminal Minds," 2010 Super Sage Award winner: Green Bay, 24-21. As a Bears fan, it's hard to pick the Packers, but I respect any team that plays normally outdoors in zero weather.

CLORIS LEACHMAN, actress, "Raising Hope": Pittsburgh, 24-10. Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger is 2-0 vs. the Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, who is much less experienced and suffered several injuries.

ANDY WILLIAMS, singer: Green Bay, 24-17. They're both good teams, but I just think the Packers are better this year and I like Aaron Rodgers.

DON RICKLES, comedian: Green Bay, 31-21. I just think they have the attitude that this is "our time."

PHYLLIS DILLER, comedian: Pittsburgh, 21-17. One year I was playing outside of Pittsburgh. I couldn't get to the job. The town went wild. They had to hold the show because the Steelers won. To me, they're just always winners.

ARNOLD PALMER, golf Hall of Famer: Pittsburgh, 28-14. The Steelers have a very good team and a great bunch of guys. Terrific defense and lots of experience in big games.

CAL RIPKEN JR., baseball Hall of Famer: Green Bay, 27-24. They're both really solid teams. Hard to pick. End of the day the edge goes to the Packers offense by a slight margin.

BILL O'REILLY, Fox News host: Green Bay, 28-17. Aaron Rodgers will have a hot hand and the Packers defense will get to Ben Roethlisberger.

MARTINA NAVRATILOVA, tennis Hall of Famer: Green Bay, 27-20. Aaron Rodgers is too hot to handle.

YOGI BERRA, baseball Hall of Famer: Green Bay, 23-20. The best team should win and it could also be Pittsburgh.

RUSH LIMBAUGH, radio talk show host: Pittsburgh.

MIKE HAYDEN, former CIA director: Pittsburgh, 23-17. What a matchup. Historic NFL franchises. Great defenses. Quarterbacks who can escape the rush. My head says it's a tossup. My heart says Steelers. Either way, ya gotta love the fact that this game features teams with no cheerleaders and two of the smallest TV markets in the NFL!

PENN & TELLER, magicians, 2007 Super Sage Award winners: Pittsburgh, 33-24. Taking Obama's State of the Union to heart, Packers decide the first step in "winning the future" is "losing the present."

CHUCK YEAGER, first man to break the sound barrier: Pittsburgh by 2. They're at the top of their game, and they're peaking at the right time.

ED ASNER, actor, "Working Class": Green Bay, 24-20. Aaron Rodgers is doing a wonderful job.

JIMMIE JOHNSON, five-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion: Pittsburgh, 31-28. I lived in Wisconsin for a while and followed the Packers, but I'm picking the Steelers because of Bill Cowher. I always respected him and the way he coached. I started liking the Steelers because of him and I'm sticking with them for the Super Bowl.

TIM LINCECUM, World Series champion San Francisco Giants: Green Bay, 24-15. I've got to go with Green Bay since Aaron Rodgers is from Cal and I root for the Pac-10.

(E-mail David Nielsen at nielsend(at) Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service,

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