ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Forty-eight of the 53 players on the Broncos' active roster had at least one game of playoff experience entering this year's postseason.
For that reason, Head Coach John Fox asked that group to talk to the team about the experience of playing in the final game of the season.
"He has encouraged guys to ask questions or encouraged guys that have some experience to share any thoughts or tips," said Manning, the only Broncos player to have a Super Bowl victory under his belt. "We have had an opportunity to do that, to share some of those whether it has been coaches or players or (Executive Vice President of Football Operations) John Elway. I think that is a good thing that Coach Fox set that up to help some guys have an idea of kind of what they’re getting in to.”
Fox is headed to his third Super Bowl -- he went as the head coach of the Carolina Panthers 10 years ago and as the defensive coordinator of the New York Giants after the 2000 season.
Knowing what to expect in the lead-up to such a big game -- and in the contest itself -- led Fox to ask the group to speak to the team.
“Well I think just relating the experiences – it’s a unique game, it’s a unique stage – just sharing those experiences for the younger players who may or may not have experienced that before," Fox said.
The meeting was universally appreciated in the locker room.
“It means a lot because I’ve been in the league a long time and I think I’ve won more games here in two years than I did in my career. And that is saying a lot," said safety
"Don’t let the fact that it is the Super Bowl change anything," he said. "Keep doing what you’ve been doing all year. Prepare like you’ve been preparing and don’t worry about all the other stuff because once the game starts it's still football.”
This week, some of the biggest distractions come in the form of ticket requests. They, predictably, flood in from all directions. But linebacker
With the advice of the Broncos with Super Bowl experience in tow, now the team can focus solely on the task at hand.
“They told us just to enjoy the process and talked about the schedule of the actual game day and just to remember that it is a business trip," team captain