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That's What He Said: Broncos on Super Bowl Arrival

Posted Jan 26, 2014

Read what the Broncos' team captains had to say about arriving in New York/New Jersey for Super Bowl XLVIII

SAFETY DAVID BRUTON

On what he wants to do in New York
“Man, enjoy it. I don’t have anything specific I really want to do. I’ve been here a few times but nothing like this. I just want to enjoy the process. It’s not every day I get a chance to play in the Super Bowl.”

On his favorite moment teaching
“Ah my favorite moment would definitely be the second graders when they to pull one, ‘no this isn’t how we do it, we sing this song.’ And they started singing some Chris Brown song and I was like, ‘Uh this is not the song the teacher was talking about.’ They tried to pull one over. It was just a lot of fun and then word got around the school that I was the substitute teacher so kids were coming out of the classroom. It’s like, ‘Go to class. You don’t have a hall pass.’ And things like that. It was fun.”

On anything out of the ordinary today
“I took a goofy photo with Fox, that was kind of goofy. The only thing, just a lot of guys being excited and happy and being a clown and being nerds about it. Mike Adams was wearing his Go Pro on his head like he had a snowboard helmet on. ‘Take that off, put it on your chest.’”

On Mike Adams being the Jersey Sherpa
“The gist of what it was, ‘That’s my town. I’m going back home. It’s Jersey.’ That’s just how Mike is, how mike talks. He definitely has an open phone line if we need to find something to do or just to see where to go eat, where is a good spot to go or whatnot.”

CORNERBACK CHAMP BAILEY

On playing in his first Super Bowl
"You know, it has been a long road. But I'm just taking it in stride. I'm not trying to hype it up more than it should be. I mean, it's still football. We've got to go out there and perform. We've got to prepare just like we always do Just trying to let everything stay its course and not get too overhyped about it."

On John Fox
"He's a great leader, and I think it really showed more when he wasn't there, because guys understood that we've still got a job to do, and he preached that, even from his hospital bed, just how much we needed to hone in on what's in front of us and make sure we take care of business, and definitely don't leave any stones unturned."

On his emotions today
"Well, I think once you start packing and you walk out of the house with your suitcase, that's when you realize what's in front of you. You know, it's a good feeling. Like I said, I'm not going to get too hyped about it. I'm just ready to get down to work and prepare and do the things I need to do to make sure we win this game."

On watching past Super Bowls
"I don't know how to explain what was going through my head when I watched things, but I did pay attention. I mean, I'm a fan of the game. I've got a lot of friends around the league. So I pay attention to some of those things because I'm interested. I never say, 'It should be me,' or take anything away from guys that have earned it. I just congratulate everybody that's been here and had a chance to play here. It is what it is."

On whether he has thought about how much longer he wants to play
"No, I'm not really thinking about retiring, and if I win, what's going to happen. All I'm thinking about is winning and doing what I've got to do to win the game. That's my preparation this week. After the game, that's when we'll talk about it."

QUARTERBACK PEYTON MANNING

On whether it has ever entered his mind that this could be his last NFL game
"Well, I know there are a number of players that have walked away as champions, and I'm sure that's a great feeling for those people. John Elway, Ray Lewis did it last year, Michael Strahan. In talking to Ray Lewis and in talking to John Elway, they couldn't play anymore. That was all they had to give and they truly left it all out there. I've certainly had a career change two years ago with my injury, with changing teams, so I truly have been kind of a one-year-at-a-time basis. So I really have no plans beyond this game. I had no plans coming into this season beyond this year. I think that's the healthy way to approach your career at this stage. I still enjoy playing football. I feel a little better than I thought I would at this point, coming off that surgery. I still enjoy the preparation part of it, the work part of it. Everybody enjoys the games, everybody's going to be excited to play in a Super Bowl. But I think when you still enjoy the preparation and the work part of it, I think you probably still ought to be doing that. I think as soon as I stop enjoying it, if I can't produce, if I can't help a team, that's when I'll stop playing. If that's next year, maybe it is, but I certainly want to continue to keep playing."

On whether he feels good about playing in the cold
"I do. I think any time coming off an injury like I had, the more situations you can face, whether two-minute drills, third-and-1s, fourth-and-1s, I needed to face different circumstances with my new surroundings, with my new physical state. In two years, I feel like we've seen a lot as far as on-the-field situations -- weather, crowd noise, you name it with this team. So I do feel comfortable."

On how much he has talked to Eli Manning about playing in MetLife Stadium and facing Seattle
"Yeah, he told me he couldn't help me much with Seattle — it wasn't one of the Giants' better days, so he said don't ask him for a whole lot of help there. (laughing) Eli and I have talked about playing in this stadium. I feel it was helpful to play in this stadium this season. It was the first time I had a chance to play in that stadium. So it's nice when you've played in it before. At least you kind of know the surroundings a little bit. Eli's always been very helpful to me for many reasons. I've talked to him a number of times these past couple of weeks. He's excited for me and I've always appreciated his help and support."

On his interaction with Russell Wilson
"I met Russell Wilson I guess when I was visiting, believe it or not, visiting the Broncos. Well, let me think about this. I believe it was after I signed with the Broncos, so let's call it March and April, and they were having players come in for visits before the draft. I was actually in the film room watching some tape and someone brought Russell in. He was in town for a visit. So I had a chance to shake his hand. It was an exciting time in his life, getting ready for the draft. I wished him luck, told him I had enjoyed watching his college career and then had a chance to shake his hand after the two preseason games we've played the past two years."

On the Super Bowl in New York
"Our team's excited. We've worked hard to earn this opportunity and we couldn't be more excited. The Super Bowl, it's a big deal. I know how hard it is to get here. I know how much time and sacrifice our team has made in order to have this opportunity to play in this game. So we were excited getting on that plane, we were excited getting off that plane and we're looking forward to being here all week and hopefully playing a good game next Sunday."

On the Seattle secondary
"They have an excellent team. I think you use every bit of this time to try to get familiar with them from what you see on film. I think it's good that you have two weeks to prepare for a team, especially one that you're not very familiar with. We played them in the preseason, but I'm not sure how much relevance that has. Obviously looking at their defense, they are as good as advertised. Probably one of the more impressive things is how well they play together as a unit. You really see them communicating out there on the field — safeties talking to each other, linebackers talking to corners. That's not always true for every single defense. I think that's a big part of their success. Then when you combine that with just a lot of talent out there on that defensive side of the ball, to me that's why they're such a good defense."

WIDE RECEIVER WES WELKER

On whether he thinks it’s beneficial to have Super Bowl experience coming into this game
“I think to an extent, a little bit. You know what to expect. You know how to prepare through the week and all the different obstacles that you have to go through with tickets or anything else as far as logistics. Or all that stuff. And understanding that going to the game – and getting to the game – it’s a little bit different. And spending the whole week here and all that stuff. I think it’s a little bit of an advantage, but I wouldn’t say that it’s that big of one.”

On appreciating the experience
“I definitely feel very blessed. To have this opportunity and to be in this situation is very rare and you can’t take it for granted. You just want to make the most of it, have fun with it, but at the same time understand that we’re here on a business trip and ready to play this game.”

On avoiding distractions
“I think the better you can handle distractions and different things like that, the better off you’re going to be to be able to play a good game. Just trying to limit those distractions and go out there and play your best game. I think that’s the main thing you have to do.”

On the depth at the wide receiver position
“I think the depth we’ve had at receiver has been key for us, especially me missing three games, (wide receiver Andre) Caldwell stepping up in those games. Just having that extra threat in there – if guys get tired because we’re going so fast, or anything else like that, it’s always good to have those numbers. And even (tight end Jacob) Tamme coming in and making plays for us in key situations.”

LINEBACKER WESLEY WOODYARD

On distractions
“I don’t believe a thing called distractions. When you work as hard as we worked to get here to this point that you’ve always wanted to be since you were a little kid – this moment, right now – you have to live in it and you can’t let anything distract you.”

On the flight
“It was cool. Everybody was happy. I think it finally hit most of us that we actually are going to get ready to go to New York. It’s pretty cool. Landing – class act, the city of New York already cheering us.”

On whether he watched a movie
“I watched a movie, I watched The Family.”

On what he wants to do in New York
“Find every nice restaurant I can.

On where he wants to go eat
“I plan on doing more research. I love to eat. I’m like a little kid – I’ll bump into something.”

On whether he’s had a ‘wow’ moment yet
“Not yet. It feels good to be here.”

On how important it is to enjoy the week
“Real important. I think it’s important – I’ll speak for myself – I’ll enjoy the moment and when it comes down to taking care of business, this is the only game that matters. This game, finishing up strong.”

On fans at the hotel
“It was cool getting a warm welcome. We got sent out from Denver by some great fans waving outside. It feels great.”

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