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Peyton Manning finds Super Bowl ‘special’

Denver Broncos' PeytManning answers questions during mediday for NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Tuesday Jan. 28 2014 Newark N.J.

Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning answers questions during media day for the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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Updated: January 28, 2014 4:28PM

NEWARK, N.J. — Peyton Manning had done this ridiculous drill before, answering questions from media members and impostors.

Tuesday at the Prudential Center, he talked about food — the Broncos will eat pasta, potatoes, chicken and steak — and even gave a woman, at her request, a hug.

Still, Denver’s quarterback said the Super Bowl never gets old.

“I’m just as excited at 37 years old, playing in my third one,” he said. “I know how hard it is to get here. A lot of coaches that have been coaching in the NFL for a long long time have not been a part of the Super Bowl before.

“It is special.”

With fans watching from the stands, the Broncos did their media day duties.

As usual, the question-askers were more odd than the answerer.

Among the 6,329 accredited media, the most in NFL history, there was a man in a Where’s Waldo outfit, another in a cape. Olympian Gabby Douglas asked questions, as did Regis Philbin.

Coach John Fox said the Broncos were motivated to “get that third set of hats” — after receiving gear for winning the division, and then the conference — Sunday against the Seahawks.

Manning said that, last week, Fox and five-time Super Bowl participant John Elway, along with the few Broncos who have appeared in the Super Bowl before, addressed the team. They talked about what to expect Tuesday and how to practice all week.

“I shared some thoughts that I had,” he said. “I think the guys got a lot out of that meeting. I know I did as well.”

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