Elway and Manning's legacies come together

Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:21pm EST
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By Julian Linden

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - For most of the four years that have passed since the National Football League awarded the 48th Super Bowl to the New York/New Jersey area, the main topic conversation centered around the weather.

But now, with the game just five days away and no sign of any blizzards, "legacy" has become the buzzword for the title decider between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.

More specifically, the legacy of two men - John Elway and Peyton Manning - whose careers have come together through a perfect storm.

Manning won a Super Bowl with Indianapolis seven years ago and is looking to add another title to his stellar career with Denver on Sunday. If successful, he will become the first quarterback to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy with two teams.

Elway won two Super Bowls as a quarterback for the Broncos before retiring in 1999, and was later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Now, he has the chance to win a third Super Bowl ring, in his new role as the Broncos' vice-president of football operations, an achievement, he said, that would rank alongside his greatest feats on the field.

"It'd be just as important," he told reporters at the Super Bowls' annual media day on Tuesday. "To me, the common denominator is competitiveness and wanting to win.

"As a player I was very competitive and I'm the same way as an executive."   Continued...

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning pauses during Media Day for Super Bowl XLVIII at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton