ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Peyton and Eli Manning have a deal with each other. When one makes the Super Bowl, the other takes care of ticket requests.
This has happened more often than anyone would expect from two brothers.
For the fifth time, one of the Manning boys is starting a Super Bowl. This time it's Peyton, leading the Broncos into Super Bowl XLVIII against Seattle. So Eli handled the tickets. The game is at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, where Eli's Giants play their home games, so he might have had some connections to hook up those extra tickets Peyton needed.
Eli said Peyton requested a certain number of tickets. "I have hit that number,'' Eli said proudly.
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Eli Manning, two-time Super Bowl champion and master ticket manager.
"We try to help out in any way you can," Peyton Manning said after practice on Thursday. "That's certainly a way I've been helpful to him and he's been helpful to me, over the past two I've played in and he's helped me out again this year. You certainly appreciate that."
So much of the Super Bowl has nothing to do with the game, but the outside distractions that can throw off a team. So much so that the Broncos called for a "spouses meeting" on Tuesday to presumably take care of the many questions they had before heading out to New York.
"I'm not going to go into too much detail, but it's an important meeting," Broncos coach John Fox said with a smile on Monday.
The Broncos have at least a few people around who have been to the Super Bowl, including Manning, Wes Welker and even vice president of football operations John Elway. None of the Seahawks players have ever played in a Super Bowl. Fox, who coached in a Super Bowl with Carolina, asked those players who have been there (including Elway) to give the players who haven't been there some tips.
"I think that's a good thing that Coach Fox set that up to help some guys have an idea what they're getting into," Manning said.
Not only did Eli Manning help his brother out with ticket requests, he defended his honor against anyone who thinks that this Super Bowl will define his legacy.
Eli Manning on Peyton's legacy: "He's already created his legacy. That's not something he's worried about."
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Peyton seemed appreciative for his brother's support but didn't get into that specific storyline with the media on Thursday.
"Eli pulls for me and I pull for him," Peyton Manning said. "It's been neat having the relationship with him, both having the same job these past 10-something years. There's a lot we can relate to, situations we both face."
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