Most Denver Broncos are Super Bowl rookies

Only 7% of the team has been to the big game

Just four Denver Broncos players have experience in a Super Bowl and Coach John Fox asked them to use their experience to guide the Super Bowl rookies.

Quarterback Peyton Manning, wide receiver Wes Welker, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and tight end Jacob Tamme have experienced Super Bowls with their previous teams. The Broncos themselves have not been to a championship game since 1998.

"We had four of their teammates talk to them, explain [the experience] to them. We've got five coaches, including myself, who have been to multiple Super Bowls. So you do your best to prepare. It's just like for a game. It's just something else you learn to handle," Fox told reporters during Tuesday's Media Day in the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

Of course, for a true rookie, the opportunity is even rarer.

"I'm in the Super Bowl as a rookie. That's a very rare moment for me and for a lot of people that land in the Super Bowl, period. It's something that is very special for me," said Montee Ball.

Seattle, the second-youngest team in Super Bowl history, has even fewer players with experience -- but the exact number is in some debate. While many sports writers pinned the number at zero, Coach Pete Carroll pointed out that receiver Ricardo Lockette was technically on a Super Bowl roster.

Lockette was a member of the 49ers' team last year, but he didn’t play in any games including Super Bowl XLVII.

 

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