By Larry Fine
EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Like most of his team mates, New York Giants defensive back Antrel Rolle has already experienced a Super Bowl.
But for Rolle the experience was not one he ever wants to repeat.
His was not as a member of the triumphant Giants team that won the championship four years ago in an upset against the New England Patriots.
Rolle's baptism came a year later, when he was playing for the Arizona Cardinals, and they lost a nailbiter to Pittsburgh after a last minute touchdown by the Steelers.
"I tell you, there's not too many more feelings that can feel worse than that," he told reporters on Tuesday.
"To be so close. I definitely don't want to feel that again."
A year earlier, Rolle was in a bar in Brazil, watching many of his new Giants team mates beat the Patriots in another thriller.
"It was extremely crowded, everyone was stacked on top of each other," he recalled.
"I remember, obviously, the spectacular catch from (David) Tyree, and I remember Eli (Manning) scrambling for dear life, and I remember that (Giants) front four just getting after (Tom) Brady."
Rolle, who will line up with the Giants when they take on the Patriots at Indianapolis on February 5 in a repeat showdown, said stopping Brady was the key to his team's success.
"I've played against a lot of great quarterbacks in my career, but the way he scans the field, I was like, 'Dang,'" Rolle said.
"During a play, I was like 'wow'. It kind of stunned me for a second. He's an exceptional quarterback. He gets all the credit he deserves and he deserves all of it."
Despite his admiration for Brady, and his respect for New England tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez and slot receiver Wes Welker, Rolle said he was expecting a close battle between the two fierce East Coast rivals.
"I think we match up extremely well. We have a great group of guys on the defensive side of the ball, and they have a great group of guys on the offensive side," Rolle said.
"It's all going to boil down to who makes the least amount of mistakes, who is more focused on what they have to get done and most of all, who has that dog mentality."
(Editing by Julian Linden; email@example.com)