JERSEY CITY, N.J. — The Denver Broncos' Super Bowl media sessions have been conducted aboard the Cornucopia Majesty, a moored yacht that Monday featured Coach John Fox holding court on the first deck and players fielding questions two decks above.
Thomas said that he met Sherman at a camp and that they "did some stuff in L.A. together."
"We are close," Thomas said. "I think we are close-enough friends."
Thomas was Peyton Manning's main target during the quarterback's record-setting regular season. The 6-foot-3, 229-pound Thomas had 92 receptions, 14 for touchdowns.
Sherman said Sunday that Thomas was among the top five receivers in the NFL and that it was going to be a "fun" matchup between intense competitors and friends.
"He takes his time and he doesn't try to do anything too fast," Thomas said of Sherman. "Those are the best corners, when they're patient."
Asked if there was motivation to shut up the talkative Sherman with performance, Thomas said, "I'm not going to say 'shut him up,' but I'm going to go out and try to make some plays so I don't have anybody coming up to me saying I got shut down by Sherman."
At 6-3 and 232 pounds, Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor cuts an imposing figure.
Chancellor said he knows when he has gotten into a receiver's head.
"It's a certain look they give me and I just smile back," he said during a media session at the team hotel. "Their eyes become big."
Sherman has said that Chancellor provided the secondary's boom.
"Yeah, they give me the boom and give me the forceful title and I love it," Chancellor said.
So do teammates.
"Some of the linebackers in the NFL are supposed to be the most ferocious hitters," defensive end Michael Bennett said, "but I think Kam is by far the most ferocious hitter in the NFL."
Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno was caught on camera this season tearing up during the national anthem.
Moreno indicated that showing his emotions was a regular occurrence.
"I don't know how many games I've played in, but it's never any different," he said. "You all just probably caught that one moment, and it is what it is. I would never change."