After winning their respective conferences, the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks will compete in Super Bowl XLVIII at 5:30 p.m. on FOX at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Veteran quarterback Peyton Manning, 37, is looking for his second Super Bowl ring, while Seattle’s quick-footed Russell Wilson, at age 25, is a relative newcomer with only two NFL seasons under his belt.
Manning’s record-setting season earned him The Associated Press NFL MVP award Saturday night by a landslide 49 of 50 votes. It was his fifth MVP award … two more than any other player has ever earned.
He said, “I am humbled by this recognition and grateful to my family, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, John Elway, John Fox and the entire Denver Broncos organization, and of course, my coaches and my teammates.”
Because Broncos #18 was too busy to be on hand to accept the award, he dispatched his father Archie Manning to pick up his trophy. The family patriarch was hold Peyton’s son Marshall in his arms as he received the honor from two former MVP’s, Joe Montana and Aaron Rodgers.
Wilson, a multi-talented athlete, played college baseball from 2008-2010 at NC State, and was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2010 MLB Draft. After two seasons of lackluster stats, he decided to pursue a career in football. He transferred to the University of Wisconsin for the 2011 season and led the Badgers to a Big Teen title and the 2012 Rose Bowl, where they lost to the Oregon Ducks.
He signed a four-year, $2.99 million contract with the Seahawks on May 7, 2012. At the end of the season he earned a bonus of $222,000 through the NFL’s Performance-Based Pay program. Seahawks #3 was named to the 2012 and 2013 Pro Bowl teams.
According to oddsmakers, Denver is a shoe-in to be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at the end of tonight’s contest. Vegas is even taking betting action on how many times Manning will say “Omaha” during the biggest game of the year.