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, it is a golden opportunity.
"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," Montee Ball said.
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 played for the 49ers last year, but he didn’t play in any games, including Super Bowl XLVII.