SANTA CLARA, Calif. — For Peyton Manning, the benefits of Super Bowl week go beyond the opportunity to win his second ring.
Manning also gets to see his family.
The Manning brothers rarely get a chance to be in the same place, particularly Peyton and Eli Manning, who carry out roughly the same schedule in two very different places. When one of the two is in the Super Bowl — a circumstance that’s happening for the sixth time now — their paths converge.
And Peyton’s looking forward to his brother getting into town from Hawaii. The rest of the Manning family will likely arrive in the San Francisco area later this week.
“I’m going to see Eli tonight, coming over from Hawaii,” Manning said. “He and I rarely get to spend a lot of time together, being on the same schedule.”
Eli, who is participating in a charity news conference Wednesday and is also a finalist for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, just finished up his Pro Bowl appearance in Hawaii.
Whether the Super Bowl is a topic of discussion remains to be seen.
“We don’t really have like an itinerary of what we’re going to talk about,” Manning said. “We’ve got an idea of what time we’re going to meet, and we’ve got a place, and we’ll probably split the check.”
Green Wave rolling
Lorenzo Doss and Taurean Nixon have no idea if they’ll get to play in Super Bowl 50. Denver might not make that decision until Sunday.
But Doss and Nixon are both happy with how their rookie seasons have gone together in Denver.
“It’s crazy,” said Nixon, who played at Southern Lab in Baton Rouge. “Coming in your first year, and being able to attend and be in the Super Bowl this year, it’s been great. That’s something you dream of, and dreams do come true.”
Doss and Nixon, who played together at Tulane, were drafted in the fifth and seventh rounds, respectively, by the Broncos this season, ensuring they’d get to pursue their NFL dreams with a familiar face nearby.
Naturally, Denver put them in the same room together in training camp.
“We talk football, everything, just how we can get better, what we can work on, little things like that,” Doss said.
Neither player has been a key member of the Broncos this season. Doss played in six games for Denver, making a single tackle on defense, and Nixon spent most of the season on the practice squad before earning a call-up to the active roster in the playoffs.
For the moment, Doss and Nixon are asked to learn from Denver’s brilliant veteran corners.
“Right now, I’m just waiting my turn and learning from the best of the best,” Doss said. “Aqib Talib and Chris Harris, they’ve been showing us the ropes, and they’ve made it feel like home.”
Now Doss and Nixon get to finish off their rookie seasons by participating in football’s biggest game.
Two Panthers with Louisiana ties will have to approach this Super Bowl as spectators.
Frank Alexander, who played at Southern University Lab and then Oklahoma, tore his Achilles tendon in the preseason, then found himself suspended for a year by the commissioner for violating the NFL’s drug policy.
Arthur Miley, a rookie defensive end who went undrafted out of Southern, underwent arthroscopic knee surgery at the beginning of the season, and the Panthers placed him on injured reserve for the season opener.
Miley made the trip with the rest of the team, but Alexander, who’s on the reserve/commissioner’s list, did not.