XLVIII notes: A new experience

The Seattle Seahawks are the most inexperienced team to play in a Super Bowl in 23 years. The Denver Broncos and Seahawks together comprise the most inexperienced Super Bowl in 32 years.

The measuring stick here is players who have played in a Super Bowl. The Seahawks have none, the first team since the 1990 Buffalo Bills to come into a Super Bowl without a single player having played in a previous Roman Numeraled contest. The Broncos have four players who have played in a Super Bowl, but only quarterback Peyton Manning has won a ring. Not since XVI, between the San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals, have two teams had so few total players to have experienced this.


Told his team was among the least experienced Super Bowl teams in history, Seahawks offensive tackle Russell Okung said, It would bother me if history won games."

Shout out


Peyton Manning. Russell Wilson. John Elway.

There are many names one would expect to hear during the week of the Super Bowl. Then there was this one dropped Tuesday by a Bronco: Damik Scafe.

As in the defensive end who spent much of last season on the Chargers practice squad.



Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton was the one who muttered it. He and Scafe are two of three NFL players to hail from Windsor High in Connecticut. Redskins defensive lineman Chris Baker is the other.

"We were real close," Knighton said. "Me, him and Chris were all close. One time, during spring break in college, we all took a picture together. We talk as much as we can."

This is better

Cliff Avril can appreciate the highs of the NFL.

In his first year, he experienced the lowest low.

The Seahawks defensive end began his career in Detroit with the 0-16 Lions. Broncos inside linebacker Paris Lenon and center Manny Ramirez also were on the 2008 squad.

It was a rare experience.

Lenon said there was a number of players in that locker room who "packed it in." Avril, as a rookie, assumed all NFL locker rooms were built that way.


"I was a rookie and didn't know any better," Avril said. "It was crazy, but I'm at the Super Bowl now, so I can't complain."

Pass the paper

Newspaper headlines are one of the more entertaining aspects of a Super Bowl in the New York area.

Take Tuesday's, for example.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was asked Monday about the NFL possibly allowing marijuana usage for medicinal purposes. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently said the league may be willing to authorize marijuana if it was proven to help treat concussions.

Carroll's answer sparked headlines of "Legion of Doob" and "Case in joint."

"I would say that we have to explore and find ways to make our game a better game and take care of our players in whatever way possible," Carroll said. "Regardless of what other stigmas might be involved, we have to do this because the world of medicine is doing this."