WALL OF FAME
A Colorado-based artist known as Gamma Acosta painted this awesome mural of Broncos QB Peyton Manning on the side of The Monkey Barrel bar in Denver.
January 31, 1919: Jackie Robinson Is Born
On this day in 1919, baseball great and civil rights icon Jackie Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia. Robinson smashed records and knocked down major social barriers on his way to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.
Test your knowledge of Jackie Robinson and his contributions off the field with PBS Black Culture Connection’s Jackie Robinson quiz.
Photo Credit: National Baseball Hall of Fame Library, Cooperstown, NY.
COMPLETELY HEALTHY SEAHAWKS CONCLUDE 2ND PRACTICE-
Marshawn Lynch returned to being a full participant in practice on Thursday as the Seattle Seahawks had their second workout of Super Bowl week.
Lynch was given Wednesday off as has been his typical regimen for most of the season. He was a full participant on Thursday as the Seahawks were as healthy as they have been all season just a few days before facing Denver.
Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin and Brandon Mebane were all full participants as well.
Seattle took the field around 4:30 p.m. and went for 90 minutes at the New York Giants’ indoor practice facility. The Seahawks again opened the doors of the building to let cold air in and try and simulate the expected temperatures on Sunday night at MetLife Stadium.
"Everybody is fine. No issues at all," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said NFL Network. "It’s fantastic to have everybody going, knowing that everybody is healthy. Of course they’re excited about that, too. We’re very fortunate in that sense."
While it was “Turnover Thursday” in the Seahawks practice plans it was also a significant day to work on third downs, Carroll said. The only turnover of the day came from defensive back DeShawn Shead during a 7-on-7 drill.
"Today, we’re finishing up the game plan," Carroll said. "Our third-down stuff today was a big deal. But the whole day is really dedicated to the ball; it’s a turnover day for us. So we’re working on that all day long."
Seattle bused over from its Jersey City hotel to the practice facility shortly after 11:30 a.m. The team had meetings, a walkthrough and lunch before taking the practice field.
"The guys are really excited about the game," Carroll said. "They’re practicing with great focus and attention to the details. And so we go to Friday and try to put together a really good day on Friday, finish really sharp, and head into the weekend. We’re ready to go." (Photo: Associated Press)
Columbus Blue Jackets’ Jack Johnson (7) falls as Carolina Hurricanes ’ Jordan Staal (11) and Blue Jackets’ Mark Letestu (55) chase the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Los Angeles Clippers (32) Blake Griffin dunks the ball against Milwaukee Bucks’ Ersan Ilyasova, middle, and Giannis Antetokunmpo(34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
-ELWAY SAYS MANNING CAN’T REALLY SEAL LEGACY SUNDAY-
John Elway says Peyton Manning cannot stamp himself as the greatest quarterback in NFL history even if he wins the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Elway told FOX Sports on Wednesday that he’s come to realize the argument over who’s the best QB ever is a lot like beauty: It’s in the eye of the beholder.
"I don’t think there’s ever going to be a ‘very best.’ I think there’s always going to be a conversation," said Elway, the Broncos’ Hall of Fame quarterback-turned-executive vice president who lured Manning to Denver after his release from Indianapolis two years ago.
Manning has the chance to become the first starting quarterback to lead two franchises to Super Bowl titles when the Broncos play the Seahawks at MetLife Stadium this weekend.
When Manning signed with the Broncos on March 20, 2012, Elway declared, “My goal is to make Peyton Manning the best quarterback that’s ever played the game.”
But at the team hotel on the Hudson River on Wednesday morning, Elway said he now realizes that question will never truly be answered “even though when he walks away Peyton may well have broken every single record.”
"So, you’re going to always have your detractors, but he may have a large percentage of ‘who’s the best,’ you know what I mean?" Elway said. "Yeah, all he can do is he can continue to cement his legacy, especially if he continues to keep going like the year he had this year. And I’m going to try to make sure he has all the weapons to be able to do that."
Manning said he still enjoys the game and all that goes into preparing his 37-year-old body and his surgically repaired neck for the rigors of a season, and plans to play in 2014 and beyond if he can.
Manning is the NFL’s only four-time MVP and is expected to capture his fifth award Saturday night after setting records by throwing for 55 touchdowns and 5,447 yards while directing the highest-scoring team in the league’s 93-year history. (Photo: Charlie Riedel/Associated Press)
-SAPP DOESN’T THINK STRAHAN IS WORTHY OF HALL OF FAME-
Warren Sapp wasn’t happy when Michael Strahan set the all-time sack record in 2002 on what appeared to be a dive by Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre.
And with Strahan a leading candidate to join him in the Hall of Fame this year, Sapp is unhappy with his fellow former lineman again.
"When you stack it up, and he only has four straight Pro Bowls and a mythical sack record that y’all still walk around like it’s something to be praised — I mean y’all have got to get off your high horse in New York and speak about the real," Sapp, now an analyst with the NFL Network, told Newsday. "And when you really measure him up, he comes up short."
He added: “I thought you got into the Hall because your resume stacked up with the echoes of the game, not just the good, the great. And four straight Pro Bowls [is good], but it ain’t great.”
Hall of Fame voting will take place Saturday.