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Empty feeling for Ryan Clark

William Gay #22 and Ryan Clark #25 of

William Gay #22 and Ryan Clark #25 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrate Gay's second quarter touchdown scored after Mark Sanchez fumbled. (Jan. 23, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

 The Steelers can take heart in at least getting to the Super Bowl, right? 

Not if you ask safety Ryan Clark, who felt so despondent after the Steelers' loss to the Packers in Super Bowl XLV that he didn't quite know what to do with the frustration. 

Asked what wen through his mind when the game was over, Clark said, "That I'd rather not come if I'm not going to win. I'd rather not be here. I was hoping that only the winners had to talk after the game. That was my feeling. I'd just rather not be here if I'm not going to take home the trophy." 

Clark knows the feeling of winning the Super Bowl - he did it two years ago - so this makes it even harder. 

"It's a feeling of fulfillment in your job," he said. "To lose it, to actually be here and lose it, I don't know. There's nothing worse athletically." 


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