FEBRUARY 1, 2007
MIAMI, FL (WVLT-TV) -- Day two of our NFL Experience began with the final opportunity for members of the media, some 3,000 strong covering Super Bowl XLI, to interview players from both teams. If you ask me - the players are ready to get off the beach and onto the field at Dolphin Stadium.
One of those players entertaining questions today, former Vol great Peyton Manning. Reporters and photographers were three and four deep around Peyton's table. Among those crowding in at the Colts quarterback's table, your Sports Overtime team members Daryl Hobby and myself. We could barely get in a question edgewise, but finally got Peyton's attention. I asked him about the influence Coach Fulmer and Coach Cutcliffe had on him while at UT and how that's helped him reach the top of his game. Peyton responded by thanking both for their leadership. He also thanked both for coming to see Sunday's game in person.
The two coaches will arrive in South Florida on Super Sunday.
On the opposite side of the field, they'll see another quarterback with SEC ties and one they're quite familiar with. There are many story-lines in Sunday's game, but one is Manning - a former Vol - trying to out duel Rex Grossman, who played his college ball at SEC-East rival Florida. Grossman told us that it's exciting that the Vols and Gators are matching up like this on football's biggest stage.
Both Manning and Grossman have high hopes for hoisting the Lombardi Trophy on Sunday night. We'll soon find out which former SEC standout will get that chance.
Our coverage from South Florida continues Friday at 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Don't forget to tune in to our pre-Super Bowl Special Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. on WVLT Volunteer TV.