Manning knows highs and lows that come with a Super Bowl
PEYTON MANNING is the only player in this Super Bowl who has won the big game. He's also lost one.
So, he knows both the elation of putting his fingerprints on the Lombardi Trophy and the anguish of watching it slip through his grasp, and he admonished his Broncos teammates not to cut corners as they prepare to face the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 2.
"I think the biggest thing he's said is eliminate distractions, making sure you're taking care of the little details, doing extra, watching film, working out, getting your body right," receiver Eric Decker said.
"And then I think the biggest thing is he says he's won one, he's lost one. And it's a complete high; it's a complete low. So, really understand to give everything you've got because this is the last game of the year."
Tight end Jacob Tamme was also Manning's teammate in Indianapolis when the Colts lost to the Saints in the Super Bowl in 2010.
"It's an empty feeling," Tamme said. "I mean, you're certainly proud of what you did to get that far. But it's an empty feeling to get to this game and not win it. So, we're going to prepare hard and do everything we can to let it loose on Sunday and just play our best ball. That's all we can do, just play our best ball. We know we've got a stiff challenge."
Wes Welker caught 11 passes for 103 yards for New England in the Super Bowl following the 2007 season, but the Patriots' shot at perfection ended when Manning's brother, Eli, threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds left to give the Giants a 17-14 win.
Welker said yesterday that was the lowest point of his career and the driving force in his life.
No Seattle Seahawk has ever played in a Super Bowl, the first team with zero previous Super Bowl experience since the Bills lost to the Giants in 1991.
In other Broncos news, kicker Matt Prater was sick and missed his second straight practice.
'Hawks GM in the now
Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider knows he has tough financial decisions in the future with the contract situations of All-Pros Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas, not to mention guys like Russell Wilson and Russell Okung who will need to be addressed.
That's why in the midst of planning ahead for the upcoming offseason and NFL draft, Schneider is taking time to enjoy what Seattle has accomplished in reaching a Super Bowl only four seasons after he arrived.
"You definitely have to take that time and enjoy it," he said, "and I want everybody to be so excited about what's going on, whether it's you guys, the fans, everybody in the building. The people upstairs are giddy, it's great. It's cool to see."
When coach Pete Carroll came to Seattle, he wanted more control of personnel than he had at his previous two NFL stops. And to do that, Carroll needed a GM willing to give up some control.
"So we set out with the expectations that we would communicate impeccably and we would enhance each other's strengths impeccably," Carroll recalled, "and see how that would factor in where we're going. So I would start right there that that's the most important aspect of what's going on and I'm functioning as well as I can because of John and I hope that he is, too."