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Feb 01,2011

The Super Bowl media day

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They might have made it to Super Bowl XLV, but how do the Green Bay Packers players fare when it comes to their pop culture knowledge? ET’s Kevin Frazier and guest correspondent Brooklyn Decker find out!

The ‘Just Go With It’ actress and Kevin quizzed the footballers during the Super Bowl media day, asking them to name the three older Kardashian sisters (Kim, Khloé and Kourtney) and the “American Idol” judges (Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler).

One player surprised Kevin and Brooklyn when they asked him to name the reality show responsible for the fist pump (“Jersey Shore”). Safety Atari Bigby responded, “Arsenio Hall.” Kevin deemed that “the best answer of the day.”

Watch the video to see if these Green Bay Packers can define “Bieber Fever” and if they know how many kids Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have. Also, check back with ETonline on Wednesday to see how the Pittsburgh Steelers did with their pop culture quiz.

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(02/01) Super Bowl XLV Media Day at Cowboys Stadium

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Jul 20,2010

Celebs Turn Out to Raise Awareness for Special Olympics

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We all know athletes and their family and friends are having a week to remember.

But they’re not alone.

If you’re taking part in any of the USA National Games events this week, don’t be surprised if you see a famous face in the crowd.

Numerous actors, musicians and politicians are in the Capital City this week to learn about the Special Olympics and try to raise awareness.

For some Special Olympics athletes, meeting American Idol finalist Michael Sarver is a dream come true. Sarver is taking part in USA National Games activities to help raise awareness. “Just the way they approach everything they do so passionately with so much life. It’s life-changing. It changed the way I am just in one day.”

Also causing quite an attraction is model, actress and Special Olympics spokeswoman Brooklyn Decker.

The two are spending much of their time at Special Olympics Town interacting with the athletes.

Sarver says, “I think that’s probably the most important part of this event because people need to be aware of how special these guys are and how amazing it can be.”

Decker adds, “It’s such an honor and a pleasure to be here. I don’t think people realize when they come, when they volunteer, they actually get more out of it than the athletes do.”

Decker’s aunt is a Special Olympics athlete. They started out just playing sports casually with each other, but then Decker says she wanted to do more. “I wanted to get involved on a bigger scale so how better than to be involved in the National Games.”

Also getting some attention is former Special Olympics athlete and star of the movie “The Ringer” Eddie Barbanell. “I love the USA National Games. It means a lot to me rooting on the athletes in competition.”

And he’s reminding the athletes of one thing as he makes his way around this week. “I want them to win and not give up, to strive to be the best. In the words of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, ‘never, never, never, never quit.'”

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Jul 19,2010

Brooklyn hosted The Special Olympic Games 2010

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Music and entertainment filled the Bob Devaney Center Sunday afternoon during the official kick-off to the USA National Games.

State by state, Special Olympics athletes entered the Bob Devaney Center to the roar of thousands of family and fans. The state with the loudest cheers by far was Nebraska.

Three thousand, six hundred athletes from 47 states cheered their way through performances by Rachel McClusky and the national anthem sung by recording artist Sandi Patti.

Actress and model Brooklyn Decker and actor Eddie Barbanell hosted the ceremonies.

The entertainment continued with performances by Jars of Clay and American Idol season 8 finalist, Michael Sarver.

Runners completed the 9-day journey of the Special Olympics flame with a ceremonial lighting of the torch to officially begin the games.

But not before guests remembered the woman who started the organization decades ago: Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

Her son, Tim Shriver, who took over his mother’s legacy spoke of the woman his mother was and urged to continue the fight for acceptance. “We leave this ceremony determined to change not just Lincoln, not just to teach Nebraska but to change this country until the day when there is every opportunity for every person no matter their different abilities to compete to play on the playing field and in life.”

Strong words coming from the son of the woman whose vision led all these athletes here.