Super Bowl XLV Wants You

Committee recruiting volunteers for the big game at Cowboys Stadium

On the same day as the NFL Draft, the Super Bowl XLV Committee is recruiting a few good people of its own.

The Host Committee is recruiting 10,000 volunteers for the Big Game at Cowboys Stadium in 2011.

Some 200,000 visitors are expected to come to North Texas in the days before the Super Bowl, and organizers say volunteers are imperative to the Super Bowl experience.

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"They'll be the friendly face handing out material, offering a welcome hand and answering questions about games and events that will be going on throughout the week," said Amanda Whitelaw, the committee's volunteer services manager.

She said volunteers can choose between five main volunteer types: NFL experience, hotel greeters, airport greeters,office operations and transportation.

Diehard football fans say they would do it just for the experience.

"The normal human being does not get to go to the Super Bowl," Cowboys fan Paul Powell said. "A normal human doesn't even get to buy a ticket; it's all corporations and celebrities. To be a normal human being and go to the Super Bowl, that would awesome."

Volunteers will complete a one-hour training session and sign up for at least two four-hour shifts. But make no mistake, volunteering does not get you into the Super Bowl.

"I am really upfront about it," Whitelaw said. "You're not going to (be) hoisting the Lombardi Trophy right there with the winning team and certainly not handing out towels on the sideline during the game. But volunteers will get to do a lot of really fun things."

Volunteers will not be inside Cowboys Stadium on game day and are also prohibited from asking for autographs.

Volunteers will be issued a uniform, hat jacket and shirt, which is theirs to keep.

"It would still be neat to be involved," Powell said. "It's a once in a lifetime deal."

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