ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Peyton Manning is the only player in this Super Bowl who has won the big game.
He has also lost one.
So, he knows both the elation of putting his fingerprints on the Lombardi Trophy and the anguish of watching it slip through his grasp, and he admonished his Denver Broncos teammates not to cut corners as they prepare to face the Seahawks on Feb. 2.
“I think the biggest thing he’s said is eliminate distractions, making sure you’re taking care of the little details, doing extra, watching film, working out, getting your body right,” receiver Eric Decker said.
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Tight end Jacob Tamme was also Manning’s teammate in Indianapolis when the Colts lost to the Saints in the Super Bowl in 2010.
“It’s an empty feeling,” Tamme said. “I mean, you’re certainly proud of what you did to get that far. But it’s an empty feeling to get to this game and not win it. So, we’re going to prepare hard and do everything we can to let it loose on Sunday and just play our best ball. That’s all we can do, just play our best ball. We know we’ve got a stiff challenge.”
“We’ve got some guys who know the drill and are trying to pass down whatever little bits of wisdom,” Tamme said.
“It’s all about this one. It’s about the preparation for this game and how we go out and play come next Sunday. That’s the bottom line.”