Patriots free safety Devin McCourty and Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas are facing off in this year's Super Bowl, but they've already been pitted against each other in another venue.
McCourty and Thomas were both featured in SI.com's Funniest People in Sports giving free safety advice to strangers. Thomas made sure the people of Seattle knew how to cross the street in the safest manner possible, while McCourty educated Bostonians about the importance of thoroughly cooking their meats.
But who had the better advice? Let's take a look at their top five tips.
Earl Thomas, Seahawks safety
Thomas had a tough time getting people to stop and listen to him, but once they did, he gave them some solid lessons.
1. Watch your step at the curb.
2. Look both ways crossing the street.
3. Don't text while walking.
4. Change your email password.
5. Don't leave banana peels for someone to slip on.
Devin McCourty, Patriots safety
McCourty's sandwich board made him more noticeable and more authoritative, allowing him to dispense advice more efficiently.
1. Change the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors.
2. Don't wear a Giants hat in Boston.
3. Make sure your shoes are tied when you go jogging.
4. Use baking soda to put out a grease fire.
5. Practice gun safety when loading your musket.
While both safeties offered some pretty wise suggestions, McCourty did a much better job of thinking outside the box and highlighting oft-overlooked areas of concern. We'll declare him the winner for now, but let's see them decide it on the field on Sunday.
- Dan Gartland