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January 29, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Super Bowl quotes and thoughts from NFL Network

Here’s the daily dish of quotes and observations on the Super Bowl from the NFL Network experts:

Quotes from Wednesday’s Edition of NFL Network’s Super Bowl Live

- “After that first neck surgery, I was pretty much convinced that he was done, that there was no way he could come back and play football…I remember watching his first preseason game last year and I was worried…But this year he’s been stronger, his arm strength’s stronger and he’s been better than ever. It’s been an amazing journey for him.” – New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning shares his thoughts on Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s injury and his return to action

- “He’s done his part to be in the discussion of one of the greatest quarterbacks ever. If you’re in that discussion, you’ve set your legacy right there. If you’re being talked about in that capacity, you’re a pretty good player.” – New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning on Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s legacy

- “I don’t have tips for Peyton on the stadium; he knows what he’s doing. He’s thrown a lot more touchdowns than I did this year. He knows how to play and he’ll be in good shape.” – New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning on if he’s shared any tips on the stadium with his brother Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning

- “Since I’m not playing anymore and I could pretty much say whatever I want, I’d throw it for 6,000 [yards] every time.” – Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino on how many yards he’d throw for in a season if he played in today’s NFL

- “What he did to come back after being out for four neck surgeries, 37 years old; then he comes back and he plays a year, now he sets every passing record there is. He not only broke the touchdown passing record once, he’s broken it twice now. That in itself is amazing as far as the legacy is concerned.” – Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino on Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s legacy

- “He trusts me. I’m not using him as a ladder or a stepping stool, to promote [myself] to go somewhere else. Something happened in this kid’s life. Someone wronged him. He doesn’t trust them [the media].” – Deion Sanders gives his thoughts on why Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is reluctant to speak with the media

- “As much as he doesn’t want to talk to the media, he showed up because his team is bigger than what he wants personally…That is a sign of leadership.” – Michael Irvin on Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch making himself available for the media despite his own preferences against it

- “You have to figure out a way to endure that little bit of time with the media. Any question they ask you; beautiful thing is, you get the last word. You can spin it any way you want to…If you can go third person on yourself, you can sit down and have a 10-15 minute conversation.” – Warren Sapp on why Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch should be able to handle his media responsibilities

- “It made me uncomfortable watching him be uncomfortable.” – Michael Irvin on Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch’s Wednesday media session

- “I love the story. I love going in the building and being around that building. When you walk in that building, you get the sense of a family.” – Michael Irvin on the atmosphere Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has created in Seattle

- “The book [says] the greatest regular season quarterback ever but people say what about this postseason record. Well, he can do something about it this week. He’s got a great opportunity against a terrific defense…His legacy will be flawless with a win in this Super Bowl.” – Former safety John Lynch on Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s legacy

- “In my mind, I tell you, he’s the best I played against. I didn’t have success against him; my teams didn’t have success against him.” – Former safety John Lynch on Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning

- “He’s the best cornerback in the National Football League. He doesn’t get tested much and to have 16 interceptions in the last two years not being tested a lot speaks to his effectiveness. He wears people out.” – Former safety John Lynch on Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman

- “Every quarterback who has ever won a Super Bowl has done it for the first time…Why not Russell Wilson?” – Jamie Dukes on the importance of prior Super Bowl experience

- “I can tell you this: without equivocation, there is never a team making it to this stage having those types of problems in the locker room, because this game just doesn’t allow it.” – Michael Irvin on offensive tackle Jonathan Martin and how locker room dysfunction can derail a team’s Super Bowl goals

- “We’re going to bring in that [zone] run game scheme and it’s going to hit, it’s going to work.” – Baltimore Ravens wide receiver/return specialist Jacoby Jones on the Ravens hiring former head coach Gary Kubiak as their new offensive coordinator

- “As a defensive player, he’s [one of] those guys that gets very annoying. He’s so good, you could keep him in check for three-and-a-half quarters and all of a sudden, you think you have this game figured out and on a big 3rd-and-5, 3rd-and-8, he’s going to break the pocket, scramble, get a first down or throw the deep ball over top like we saw last week.” – Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk on the challenges of going up against Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

- “For Denver to win the game, it’s going to be important for Knowshon [Moreno] to have a good game, whether it be in the running game or the passing game.” – Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte on the impact Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno will have on Super Bowl XLVIII

- “The front and the back end must work well together. If you don’t have pressure or you don’t have coverage, he’s going to eat you up either way. … The coverage and the rush must go hand and hand.” – Warren Sapp on the importance of the Seattle Seahawks playing well in both areas of their defense

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