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Super Bowl XLVII: Chris Culliver shifting focus back to football

Chris Culliver is trying to put his unfortunate choice of words behind him and shift the focus back to football before Sunday's Super Bowl.

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San Francisco cornerback Chris Culliver is doing damage control/nfl/2013/1/30/3935006/super-bowl-2013-49ers-chris-culliver-anti-gay-remarks one day after igniting somewhat of a media storm when he uttered homophobic comments in a radio interview.

Culliver admits that his poor judgement has cost him sleep but he is ready to put the focus back on the football field as Sunday's Super Bowl matchup against the Ravens draws near.

"I didn't sleep that much," Culliver said Thursday. "I tossed and turned thinking about it. It affected me, yes, and that's why I'm addressing it today."

Culliver is the 49ers' No. 3 corner but has been on the field for over 60 percent of their defensive snaps this season. He figures to be matched up plenty with Ravens' receivers Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith on Sunday.

For the Culliver, the damage is likely done and he is showing maturity by attempting to not let it affect his play on the field. That may be difficult because of the media storm that is the Super Bowl surely will not be quick to let him forget.