Alejandro Villanueva and the Steelers will stride in unison onto the Paul Brown Stadium turf Saturday night, seeking a playoff victory that would bury a reviled rival and, perhaps, propel them to greater glory in the weeks ahead.
"It'll feel ... almost larger than life," the big man was telling me this week at his Rooney Sports Complex stall. "I can't wait. It'll be amazing."
And yet, hard as this might be to believe, he'd abandon it in a heartbeat.