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NFL will honor US Airways Flight 1549 crew before Super Bowl

TAMPA, Fla. -- The NFL announced Thursday that it will honor US Airways pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and the crew from Flight 1549 before Super Bowl XLIII between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals.

Sullenberger will be recognized Sunday, along with co-pilot Jeffrey B. Skiles and flight attendants Doreen Walsh, Sheila Dail and Donna Dent.

Sullenberger was praised as a hero for his deft landing of a plane on the Hudson River on Jan. 15 after both the aircraft's engines were disabled following a collision with a flock of birds. All 155 passengers and crew members were rescued.

Also being honored is Gen. David Petraeus, who heads the U.S. Central Command.

Petraeus will be part of the coin toss ceremony, which also include past Super Bowls greats Lynn Swann, Roger Craig and John Elway.

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