Media Day for Super Bowl XLVIII promises to provide the worldwide media with plenty of printable quotes, as players from both participating teams answer questions during the league-mandated event.
This year's extravaganza takes place on Tuesday, Jan. 28, beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. According to NFL.com, the event is already sold out, with the gates opening at 9 a.m. ET for those lucky enough to have purchased their tickets in advance.
The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos reached the title game by playing excellent football all season long, and both teams feature some characters who could make media day fun. In particular, the Seahawks have been known to make some brash statements from time to time—a quality that makes this year's media day interesting to Jim Rome of CBS Sports Radio:
The 'Hawks are real. And they're raw. This could be the first Super Bowl media day in 20 years that isn't a waste of time.— Jim Rome (@jimrome) January 20, 2014
It's always fascinating to see how players react to the media throng that assaults them before the big game. There are plenty of players on Denver's roster who have never reached this stage before, and Seattle doesn't feature a single player who has reached the Super Bowl.
How they respond to a potentially stressful environment could give us a peek into what could occur on game day. It will also be fun to see the players in their special uniforms designed specifically for Media Day, as documented by Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post:
NFL even has a special "Super Bowl Media Day uniform" for the players. I've seen it all now. pic.twitter.com/v1ofk29AkT— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) January 27, 2014
Here's a look at when and where you can catch the action:
When: Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 10:30 a.m. ET
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.
Watch: NFL Network
Live Stream: NFL.com
Previewing Top Stars
Richard Sherman, CB, Seattle Seahawks
Everyone's going to want to see what Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman will say next.
The talented, flamboyant and fearless defensive back gave Erin Andrews of Fox Sports the interview of the decade following the NFC Championship Game, stirring up plenty of controversy in the process after he publicly humiliated San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree.
Some, like MLB pitcher Justin Verlander, didn't appreciate Sherman's outburst:
So Russell is a class act! Sherman on the other hand.... If he played baseball would get a high and tight fastball.— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) January 20, 2014
And this wasn't the first time Sherman has made comments that didn't sit well with some. He's always played with a huge chip on his shoulder since coming into the league as a fifth-round pick out of Stanford in 2011, and he's never been afraid to say what's on his mind.
While Verlander and others would wish for a tempered approach, others, including B/R's Mike Freeman, absolutely love him just the way he is:
I love it.
You will love Richard Sherman. You will hate Richard Sherman. He will make you smile. He will make you want to punch him in the face. In fact, that's the way the entire team is.
Sherman is the 21st-century Namath, and the Seahawks are the loose Jets.
And this is a good thing. For once, the week before the Super Bowl will be fun. Terrifically fun.
Love him or hate him, he's going to be the hottest persona on display at Media Day.
Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos
Whereas Sherman is brash, out there and a bit in your face about things, Peyton Manning is the prototypical Southern gentleman who rarely says anything you don't expect.
He's going to give a lot of stock answers to stock questions about his legacy, his team's chances and his opponent, smiling and engaging everyone like a pro. That's what he does, and that's not going to change any time soon.
However, this could be the last time any one of us gets to see Manning at the pinnacle of his profession. He's one of the greatest players to ever strap on a helmet and pads. Some, like Woody Paige of The Denver Post, believe he'll be the greatest quarterback of all time if he wins Super Bowl XLVIII.
Manning recently discussed how "special" this upcoming game is to him and his teammates, as Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times relayed:
The Super Bowl is always special, no matter where it is played. For a lot of our players, it is their first time playing in one. So I think the fact that it is in New York is certainly going to be special, but it is a big deal because we worked so hard to get to this point. ... There is no question it is a big deal and it is very special to be playing in this game.
Even if Manning says nothing that rocks your socks off during Media Day, we should treasure the legendary ambassador of this great game.
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