The quarterback from Southern California arrived in Detroit on Wednesday to make a promotional appearance and get a feel for what goes on during Super Bowl week. Leinart is expected to go high in the first round of the NFL draft.
When Roethlisberger was coming out of Miami of Ohio in 2004,
agent Leigh Steinberg brought him to Houston for Super Bowl week,
giving him a glimpse of what might lie ahead.
Two years later, Roethlisberger has the Steelers in the Super Bowl and Leinart -- another Steinberg client -- is following his
predraft script, hoping it turns out the same way.
"I know Ben pretty well," Leinart said Wednesday. "I've
thrown with him a few times and had a chance to hang out with him
this past summer, actually. I'm happy for him. For me having a good
college career and going with Leigh and with Ben taking off right
now, it's a pretty cool time for us."
Leinart is trying to get beyond the stinging 41-38 loss to Texas for the national title. Vince Young ran 8 yards for a touchdown with 19 seconds left to decide the Rose Bowl and end USC's 34-game
"I actually just watched the film the other day, kind of
analyzing and critiquing it," Leinart said. "I didn't even watch
the last two series. I just ended it that way."