Broncos' Manning unfazed by Super Bowl hype

Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:39pm EST
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By Julian Linden

NEW YORK (Reuters) - With his southern drawl and self-deprecating humor, Peyton Manning looks and sounds like a man at ease in his role as the poster-boy for Sunday's Super Bowl between his Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks.

A model of composure on and off the field, the Broncos quarterback appears to all the world to be unruffled by the hype and scrutiny surrounding him ahead of America's most-watched and scrutinized sports event.

But his easygoing, Louisiana demeanor is misleading. Despite having already achieved virtually every honor in the National Football League, no player will be under more pressure in the Super Bowl than Manning.

With four Most Valuable Player awards and one Super Bowl ring already in his keeping, Manning's place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame is just a formality but this game, more than any other, could determine his legacy.

With a victory, the meticulous planner and master tactician could go down as the greatest quarterback the NFL has seen. But a loss could raise more questions about his postseason record, with one title from 13 trips to the playoffs.

At 37, time is running out for Manning to add a second Super Bowl to the one he captured with the Indianapolis Colts seven years ago.

He played in a second Super Bowl with the Colts three years later but lost and is now attempting to become the first quarterback to win a NFL championship with two different teams.

"The Super Bowl, it's a big deal," he told reporters.   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