Confident Broncos touch down ahead of Super Bowl

Sun Jan 26, 2014 9:14pm EST
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By Julian Linden

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Denver Broncos touched down in New Jersey on Sunday, brimming with confidence ahead of next weekend's Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks.

The Broncos arrived at Newark Airport to the sort of reception normally reserved for heads of state. Their chartered jet was towed away from the main terminal gates to a secluded hanger so the players could disembark onto a red carpet away from public eyes.

Their arrival was broadcast live on the NFL Network and dozens of photographers snapped away as the players left the plane and boarded a bus for their New Jersey hotel and the first of a week of news conferences.

"Our team's excited," said Denver quarterback Peyton Manning. "The Super Bowl is a big deal."

Manning discussed a wide variety of topics, including his thoughts about the threat of snow on game day, the advice he had received from his brother Eli, who plays for the New York Giants, and the mood within the Broncos camp.

"We were excited getting on the plane," he said. "And we were excited getting off the plane."


Asked whether he was tempted to retire if the Broncos won the Super Bowl, Manning stuck to the sportman's mantra that he was taking it one game at a time.   Continued...

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning speaks during a news conference after the team's arrival for Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks in Jersey City, New Jersey, January 26, 2014. REUTERS/Adam Hunger