Denver's 'Pot Roast' reveals recipe for Super Bowl stardom

Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:59am EST
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By Julian Linden

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - By any standard, Denver Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton is a giant hulk of a man.

He also has a delectable nickname - "Pot Roast" - but the moniker has nothing to do with his 6-foot-3, 335-pounds (152 kilograms) frame. Had he been a seafood lover, he might just as easily been called a 'shrimp.'

At Tuesday's media day, an annual event that kicks off of Super Bowl week, Knighton took a break from the usual dialogue about tackles and touchdowns to explain how he came about his unusual nickname.

With a UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) belt draped over his shoulder, he began his narrative: "Six hour flight. Guys are tired. Plane is dark and the lady is walking down the isle saying, 'Pot roast, pot roast,' and I'm like 'right here, right here.'

"My teammate behind me was like, 'You're saying that like that's your name. I'm going to call you Pot Roast.' And then it stuck with me.

"It was either that or 'shrimp alfredo,' so I'm glad I got that."

Knighton's tale elicited a hearty laugh from the large media throng that surrounded him at New Jersey's Prudential Center.

Defensive tackles rarely draw a big crowd as most cameras are focused on the quarterbacks and head coaches but Knighton has become one of the game's star attractions, almost as much for his witty replies as his exploits on the gridiron.   Continued...

Denver Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (L) helps a kid to try on a jacket as part of an activity with The Knights of Columbus called "Coats for Kids" in Jersey City, New Jersey, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz