Few people have as many rooting interests in this year's Super Bowl as Wendell Pierce.
The 50-year-old Pierce was raised in New Orleans' Pontchartain Park neighborhood and went to Benjamin Franklin High School. As a young actor he spent several years living in San Francisco and working at the American Conservatory Theater. And he is perhaps best known for his role as Bunk Moreland, the Baltimore detective on the popular HBO show "The Wire."
But when it comes to which team Pierce will be cheering for on Sunday, the answer is simple.
"My affinity of course is for New Orleans,” Pierce told ThePostGame. "But if the Saints aren't going to be in it, I'm rooting for the Ravens because the 49ers knocked us out [of the playoffs] last year."
For millions of Americans who will tune in to Sunday's game, the Super Bowl will provide a few hours of entertainment and a distraction from everyday life. But for New Orleans and its residents, the game is a milestone in the city's ongoing recovery from Hurricane Katrina.