1,000 Fans see off Cards as they leave for Tampa

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PHOENIX (AP) -- More than 1,000 fans gathered Monday morning at the Phoenix airport to see off the Arizona Cardinals as they headed to Tampa to face the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl.

Fans said it is satisfying to finally see their team in the big game after having suffered through numerous mediocre seasons. And they weren't shy about their enthusiasm for their team.

A pair of fans painted their faces to match the team's colors. One lifelong Arizona fan says the Cardinals' presence in the Super Bowl was akin to the joy he felt when his first son was born.

And a fan wearing a Steelers T-shirt was loudly booed as he first walked toward the gathering of Arizona supporters.

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