American Cody Cropper talks all things Super Bowl 50 ahead of tonight's match-up between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers...
It will be an interesting game to watch. It’s the number one seed versus the number one seed. They are both there for a reason. I’m tipping the Panthers. I think Cam Newton is just running all over people this season so I don’t think the Broncos defence has much of a chance. They contained Tom Brady in the AFC Championship game but I think that Cam is a completely different animal. Tom Brady’s offensive line didn’t help him out at all whereas the offensive line that Cam Newton has in front of him has done very well. They are 17-1 for a reason. It will be interesting to see how the Broncos cope and how Cam Newton controls the game.
On Peyton Manning vs Cam Newton, old vs new
I’ve been watching a lot of the Super Bowl press conferences and Peyton Manning has said that Cam Newton is the best that’s out there right now. He’s the new style of quarterback. He can run, he can throw and he can get out of the pocket quick. Peyton Manning can’t do that, he just relies on his arm. He’s had his back issues and neck injuries but the Broncos have full belief in his ability. Cam Newton, I think, will take advantage.
On Peyton Manning's potential retirement
It would be the fairytale ending that he’d want if they can win. John Elway is a part-owner of the Broncos and he’s one of the most legendary quarterbacks in the NFL so he’ll understand what Peyton is going through. I don’t think he’s come out and said that he is definitely retiring but a lot of people seem to think that he will. This is quite possibly his last game so it would be a fairytale ending if he could win.
On the Super Bowl fever in America
Super Bowl Sunday is probably one of the biggest holidays in America. Over here it’s getting bigger but obviously in the States, everybody drops everything for it. It’s comparable to when England play in the World Cup. The whole country watches it, whether you support the Broncos or the Panthers or neither. It’s that big of a game and it’s just the American thing to do.
On Super Bowl memories
I don’t have a particular Super Bowl memory. My team, the Minnesota Vikings, haven’t really gotten that far. I’ve grown up watching Tom Brady in the Super Bowls and I’ve enjoyed watching that. The Patriots have been one of the best teams and his story of being recruited 190th overall in the draft and coming around to win four Super Bowls is amazing. If you watch the story why Bill Belichek picked him over other quarterbacks is very entertaining. I like the Patriots but I am sticking with the Vikings, they are my team and I’m hoping our year will come.