JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno was caught on camera this season tearing up during the national anthem.
Moreno indicated Monday 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 told reporters during a Super Bowl news conference. "You all just probably caught that one moment, and it is what it is. I would never change."
The 5-foot-11, 220-pound Moreno, a New Jersey native who came through a tough upbringing, figures to be emotional Sunday when the Broncos play the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium.
The former Georgia star, the 12th pick in the 2009 draft, has rushed for a career-best 1,038 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also has 60 receptions, three for touchdowns.
Moreno said he had listened to other players relate their Super Bowl experiences and how they handled the excitement.
"They say you have to hold your emotions down, you're going to be fired up, but there is so much going on that sometimes you've got to calm down," Moreno said. "I think that will be my toughest battle, just being able to stay composed until the fires start burning down."