Broncos' Moreno hopes to hold back tears at Super Bowl

Mon Jan 27, 2014 6:46pm EST
 
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By Julian Linden

NEW YORK (Reuters) - "The Star-Spangled Banner" has always been a powerful anthem that stirs emotions and can reduce even the toughest to tears.

One of the best examples of this is before the Super Bowl, when tens of thousands of people rise to their feet and join in the singing of the U.S. national anthem.

For some players, it can be an overwhelming moment as they try to stop tears from welling up in their eyes and their lips from quivering in front of a worldwide television audience.

But on Sunday, when the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks clash in the National Football League's championship game, the cameras are sure to focus in on one player when American soprano Renee Fleming starts hitting the high notes.

Denver running back Knowshon Moreno may be one of the most rugged players in the NFL but he's also a self-confessed cry baby and if he starts sobbing on Sunday his tears could get more attention than any snowflakes.

Footage of Moreno bawling before a recent game became an internet hit in the United States because of the heavy flow of tears that stream down his cheeks.

"I'm always an emotional guy," Moreno told reporters on Monday. "I play with my emotions on my sleeve and just go out and try to play as hard as I can.

"I don't know how many games I've played in, but it's never any different ... It is what it is. I would never change."   Continued...

 
Workers are seen on stage at Times Square as preparations continue for Super Bowl XLVIII in New York, January 27, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz