Needless to say, Super Bowl Media Day is wild, with people dressed as superheroes or in colonial outfits, and while it’s impossible to pass along everything from the day, here are a few notes from Denver’s session:
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— By far the most popular person was quarterback Peyton Manning, as you might expect. So how does he feel this game will affect his legacy? “I’ve been asked about my legacy since I was 25 years old,” Manning said. “I’m not sure you can have a legacy when you are 25 years old, or even 37. I thought you had to be 70 to have a legacy. I’m not 100 percent sure what the word even means. I’m down the homestretch of my career, but I’m still in it. It’s not over yet. It’s still playing out.”
— Asked about Russell Wilson going to his passing academy, Manning said his family was proud of that but joked that they are certainly not taking any credit for developing a Super Bowl quarterback.
— The weather has been a constant issue throughout the week, and coach John Fox had a quippy response when asked about it Tuesday. “It’s not like we’re from Miami,” he said, noting the team has had several practices in the single digits this season.
— Fox said one of the things he learned from his previous Super Bowl, when he lost to the Patriots 10 years ago, was preparing for a longer pregame and halftime, especially pregame. At halftime, you can look over things and make adjustments, but there is a danger of getting too amped up or amped too early in pregame.
— Veteran cornerback Champ Bailey was on one of the main podiums. He was asked at one point if Richard Sherman has played long enough to talk the way he does: “It’s his career. It’s his image. … I don’t have anything bad to say about him,” Bailey said.
— A lot of attention on Bailey comes from him making his first Super Bowl amid a stellar 15-year career: “I’m not getting caught up with just being here. I’m here to win.”
— Bailey also won an Xbox One from Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child for singing some of the groups songs.
— Wide receiver Wes Welker was asked to compare Manning and Tom Brady, who he has caught passes from in the past few seasons. That looked to hit a nerve as Welker said he’s been asked it 100 times. “They’re great quarterbacks. They do a great job. That’s it.”
— Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (a.k.a. Pot Roast) had a popular phrase as it related to success from his college playing days: “Temple Made. Temple Tuff.” He wanted to make sure people spelled “tough” correctly. “Two F’s,” he joked.
— Tight end Julius Thomas offered this scouting report on the Seahawks: “What makes them so good is they do what they do well,” offering admiration for how Seattle can get the better of you even when you know what’s coming.
— Receiver Eric Decker, when asked how special Manning is, told a story about how the quarterback can recall everything. In preparing for one game, Decker said Manning told him to look at film from a 2003, “Play 67 and 14.”
— Linebacker Shaun Phillips had some good years with the San Diego Chargers, but he said what sets this Broncos team apart is it’s competitiveness. Even at practice, he said, “it’s too the point where we might want to fight each other.”
— Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said it might be too early for Sherman to declare himself the best in the game, but he had no problem with the talk after the NFC Championship Game: “I like Richard Sherman for saying that. Do your thing.”