Peyton Manning has already established new NFL records on The Road To MetLife Stadium, leading the Denver Broncos to face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. Manning had arguably the best season for a starting quarterback in NFL history, and is looking to make Super Bowl history in MetLife Stadium on February 2. Manning can do something that no starting NFL quarterback has ever accomplished. Not. Tom Brady. Not Joe Montana. Not Terry Bradshaw. Not Dan Marino. Not Brett Favre. In fact, Manning is getting ready to do something that has only even been attempted by Kurt Warner. That is how rare this record is that Manning can achieve with a victory in MetLife Stadium on February 2 in Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seahawks.
n the spirit of full-disclosure, I’m working as part of the Road to MetLife Stadium Preferred Blogger Program. Throughout the year I’ll be receiving special access to MetLife events and be conducting reader giveaways, with prizes provided by MetLife and Sony Electronics. However, no payment was given or expected for posting about the program, and as always, all opinions given here are fully my own.
Manning previously won a Super Bowl as a member of the Indianapolis Colts when he defeated the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI. He also lost one in Super Bowl XLIV against the New Orleans Saints, but that is irrelevant. Manning is not the first starting quarterback to start for two different teams. Although, he is just the third. What Manning is looking to do that has never been done by any other starting quarterback in Super Bowl history is to win a Super Bowl championship with two different teams. That would make history.
Craig Morton started two different Super Bowls, once as a member of the Broncos, with the other taking place for the Dallas Cowboys. He was on the losing end of both.
Kurt Warner won Super Bowl XXXIV with the St. Louis Rams, defeating the Tennessee Titans in a great game. Like Manning, Warner also lost a Super Bowl with the same team he previously won with earlier in his career, dropping XXXVI to the New England Patriots. Seven years later, Warner was not able to lead the Arizona Cardinals to a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII, although he did nearly everything possible.
That would have made Warner the only starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two different teams, but he came up just short. In a season in which Manning shattered nearly every major single-season passing record, will he be able to make history one more time? The Broncos certainly hope so.
Finally, in case you have not yet seen the video of NFL players – both past and present – signing a collaborative version of the National Anthem, then what are you waiting for? I must admit that I went into it expecting to have some laughs, but these guys were pretty impressive. Current players such as Justin Tuck and Josh Brown of the New York Giants, Greg Jennings of the Minnesota Vikings and Nick Mangold of the New York Jets, as well as former stars including Emmitt Smith and Eddie George all got together to put out quite an impressive rendition of the National Anthem. If you have not yet seen it, make sure to check it out by clicking here.
If you are looking for which team may have a greater edge, make sure to check out Stats.com. If the temperatures dip below 40 degrees on Super Bowl Sunday, which is nearly a foregone conclusion, Stats.com will tell you how things could play out when the Broncos face the Seahawks in MetLife Stadium in Super Bowl XLVIII. It would appear that Denver may have an edge on special teams and the kicking game with Matt Prater over Steven Hauschka, but Stats.com has plenty of eye-opening numbers that may cause you to bet on one team over the other.
Make sure to follow all of the latest on Twitter by using the #Road2MetLifeStadium and tag @MetLifeCentral, as well as checking back early and often to Boston Super Blog for all of the latest information regarding Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium between the Broncos and Seahawks!