Peyton Manning was the star of Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday in Newark. The quarterback was in high demand, and he fielded reporter questions in good humor.
Manning was asked if he was going to retire if he wins the Super Bowl.
"I'm not 100 percent sure what the word even means. I'm still in the middle of my career...let me rephrase that. I'm down the home stretch of my career but I'm still in it. It's not over yet. It's still playing out. This has been the second chapter of my career and it's an exciting chapter. I'm certainly excited to be back in the Super Bowl on behalf of the Denver Broncos," he said.
Much of the day was taken up with decidedly non-football-related entertainment. Internet star Lil Terrio danced with cheerleaders, an Austrian man dressed as Mozart, another guy wore a Waldo costume and Nickelodeon's Pick Boy was in the house.
It seemed fitting the event was held at a hockey rink, of all places, because there was nothing ordinary about it. Thousands of journalists, pseudo-journalists and other credentialed media from all over the world gathered at the home of the NHL's New Jersey Devils on Tuesday to meet the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.
Strange questions were the norm instead of football ones. A man asked Seahawks center Max Unger if he could touch his long, scruffy beard. He said yes. A woman asked Seahawks defensive lineman Brandon Mebane for a kiss. He said no.
After serving as the site for the NBA and NHL drafts, a Stanley Cup final and numerous concerts, Newark had no problem dealing with handling a media horde covering the Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos.
There were some traffic delays and a late train on the way to the Prudential Center. It wasn't much though for New Jersey's largest city to worry about.
The 50 or so buses carrying the media got there on time with reporters and broadcasters seeing a promotional film about Newark to go along with a cup of coffee and breakfast bun.
The Broncos and Seahawks got surprises, too. They were greeted by 50 public school students and Mayor Luis Quintana.
Notable among the absentees was embattled New Jersey Gov . Chris Christie.
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