The Super Bowl - An American Classic (Thursday Edition)

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Super Bowl holds a definite grip on the worldwide sporting landscape, and this Sunday's contest between Seattle and Denver should mark the sixth straight year the event will draw more than 150 million viewers.

From Super Bowl I to XLVIII, the game has grown – from 39.9 million viewers to 164.1.  With it have come "Notes, Quotes and Anecdotes" that entertain NFL fans everywhere.


A total of 3,652,409 fans have attended Super Bowls, with the largest crowd being 103,985 at Super Bowl XIV at the Rose Bowl.

Anthem performers for the Super Bowls involving the Colts:  Super Bowl III – Anita Bryant; Super Bowl V – Tommy Loy (trumpeter); Super Bowl XLI – Billy Joel; Super Bowl XLIV – Carrie Underwood.

Halftime performers for the Super Bowls involving the Colts:  Super Bowl III – Florida A&M University Band; Super Bowl V – Florida A&M University Band; Super Bowl XLI – Prince; Super Bowl XLIV – The Who.

Network announcers for the Super Bowls involving the Colts:  Super Bowl III – Curt Gowdy, Al DeRogatis, Kyle Rote (NBC); Super Bowl V – Curt Gowdy, Kyle Rote (NBC); Super Bowl XLI – Jim Nantz, Phil Simms (CBS); Super Bowl XLIV – Jim Nantz, Phil Simms (CBS).

Most Super Bowl appearances by a player:  6, Mike Lodish, Buffalo/Denver.  Adam Vinatieri is one of 16 players to appear five times.  Vinatieri is second in Super Bowl history with 34 points, ranking behind wide receiver Jerry Rice (48).  Vinateri's 13 PATs are the Super Bowl record.  His seven FGs and 10 FGs attempts are Super Bowl records.

SUPER BOWL – Quote/Unquote

"It's a special moment because it doesn't happen every day.  It's been almost 30 years between mine.  To me, it's really more symbolic of the guys starting in March and saying, 'This is our goal,' and then accomplishing it.  Not everyone does that." – Tony Dungy, Indianapolis Colts (and one of three men to win as a player and head coach)

"The Super Bowl is virtually immune to the altered TV landscape.  It appears insulated from the vagaries of market size that afflict other sports whose championship series show up-and-down viewership patterns." – Sean McManus, CBS News/Sports President

"You're up on stage getting the box, and you wonder how quickly you can get off the stage and open the box and get the ring on." – Eli Manning

"Wherever there's a Super Bowl, every player who has ever won one wears his ring.  And the players who never won one say, 'Can I try it on?' " – Carl Banks


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RICHARD SHERMAN(on what the last week has done for Richard Sherman as a brand)

"I see the fun in the Super Bowl. I see everybody's attention and how much the NFL has grown as a franchise, as a world brand, and I see that the Super Bowl is a huge event for the world. There are a lot of cameras, a lot of different languages, a lot of countries, a lot of diversity – I love it."

RUSSELL WILSON(on having the number one defense in the NFL)

"In terms of having the number one defense, that's a great thing to have, especially playing in the quarterback position. It's only my second year, but to be able to go against our guys on a daily basis, to go against Richard Sherman, to go against Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor and Byron Maxwell and our defensive line and linebackers, it helps me improve. In terms of games, they make big plays for us. We make big plays for them. Special teams, we're all united as one, so our goal is to go 1-0 every game and the same thing for the Super Bowl."

JULIUS THOMAS(on being able to play their game against Seattle's defense)

"They've done a great job against two great tight ends. They were both pro bowl tight ends, but we'll say it the same way we have all season - if a team wants to focus on taking one guy, we have so many weapons that can go out there and make big plays. At times it may be me that's not having the most production in a quarter, but if you watch our season all it takes is one quarter or one drive and you're like, 'That guys going, he's here.' We're just going to focus on getting the ball to the right guy at the right time."

PERCY HARVIN(on if a good performance in the Super Bowl will salvage his season)

"I don't know if it would salvage it, but it would definitely just be a dream come true. As far as this season me being back and forth, I'm not really looking it at it that way. I'm looking at we got to the Super Bowl and I'm glad to be part of this team and gearing up to play a game. I'm not really worrying about the past games that I missed and the time I missed. I'm here now, I'm healthy and I'm ready to go."

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