PHOENIX -- There are plenty of big names and major players involved with the countdown to Super Bowl XLIX, but few have as match eye-catching star power as Spike, the big game's big mascot.
Spike has received a make-over since the last time the Super Bowl was held in Arizona, back in 2008. The football-shaped mascot now has legs and a number 49 jersey in honor of the 49th Super Bowl.
"He's had a little bit of a facelift," said Christine Gonzales of the Super Bowl Host Committee. "He's definitely more mobile and it just allows him to really be able to interact with the kids more."
Spike was certainly a hit with the kids at a recent Super Bowl clinic, where most kids had all eyes on the mascot. Much like the great mascots that have come before him, Spike is a rock star to kids.
"Spike's pretty awesome," said former NFL player Frank Sanders. "I think the kids always love to see mascots, always love to see a character form."
While Spike might be the big man in town when it comes to mascots, Gonzales said fans of Sparky and Big Red shouldn't be worried: Spike is friends with all of the area's other mascots.
People can volunteer to join Spike and help out at community events at the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee's website.