Before the opposing teams get to focus on football, they first have to meet the media and answer questions that range from the serious to the surreal. NY1's Jon Weinstein joined the madness at the Prudential Center in Newark as the Seahawks and Broncos went through the annual ritual.
Twenty minutes before Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning even arrived at Media Day, a small army surrounded his podium. That's what this event is in a nutshell, mayhem for the media and the players.
“There's a lot of you guys, we are outnumbered greatly,” said Broncos center Steve Vallos.
“The hardest part is getting asked the same questions over and over, and then you have to try and remember the answers,” said Cliff Avril, Seahawks defensive end.
While many were eager to discuss the nuts and bolts of the game.
"First and foremost you probably gotta stop the run, it's no secret they like to the run and they got a pretty good running back,” said Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho.
But there's only so much strategy they can really discuss without tipping off the other team.
“I'm gonna give you the whole game plan right here, you ready?” said Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane. “You're not gonna tell nobody? … It's to play football.”
So with football questions limited that leaves the stuff that makes this day unlike any other, the bizarre questions. And there were a lot.
Have you been following up on Bridgegate?
“No,” said Seahawks kicker Steve Hauschka.
Are you doing any yoga?
“Uh I try to man, I try to,” said Seahawks offensive tackle Russell Okung.
Who has a better beard?
“Stop yelling,” said Seahawks center Max Unger.
“I'm happy about the Chinese New Year, and I'm happy that the animal is a horse,” said Broncos coach John Fox.
“I don't really know too much about New Jersey stereotypes,” said Broncos offensive tackle Orlando Franklin.
A reporter then asked him to pick one: “Gym, tan or laundry.”
“Gym?” said Franklin.
And much like Peyton Manning, the Seahawks controversial cornerback Richard Sherman drew a huge crowd that was virtually impossible to penetrate.
So we tried another tactic, Peyton Manning and Richard Sherman's backups, both of whom say they certainly wouldn't mind the attention.
“My goal is to be a starting quarterback in the NFL one day, and lead a team to the Super Bowl, so I would certainly love to be sitting in his chair,” said Broncos backup quarterback Brock Osweiler.
“Maybe one of these days soon,” said Seahawks cornerback DeShawn Snead.
And seriously, it was hard to get close to Peyton Manning all day.