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New York: Let’s do a Super Bowl

Published: January 27, 2014, 1:16 pm, by Paul Klee

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The Broncos are on a boat. 

To begin this Super Bowl week, the AFC champions held their Monday press conference on a cruise ship docked in Jersey City (above). John Fox took questions in the main ballroom; Demaryius Thomas, Knowshon Moreno and Terrance Knighton were among the players who set up shop on the top deck.

Who says there’s no new news coming out of Super Bowl week? 

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie turned that theory on its side. The Broncos cornerback said just a few minutes ago he’s considering retiring if the Broncos beat the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday.

No, really.

“This was a one-year deal,” DRC said, sounding entirely convincing.

You could make the argument DRC has been arguably the most consistent player on the Broncos defense. He was their best defensive player in the AFC championship game against the Patriots, I’d say.

This isn’t an old man with his body breaking down. He’s 27.  He was the 18th overall pick…. in the 2008 draft. This is a guy in his prime, the second-highest paid player on the Broncos’ defense, behind only Champ Bailey. This is a guy about to get paid — either by the Broncos or another fortunate team.

And he’s going to retire?

“It’s not set in stone,” he told us on the boat.

Throughout this season, his first in Denver, DRC always has struck me as a different kind of guy. He’s quite reserved and often seems to keep to himself. His superstitions lead him to munch Subway before every game.

“Ham and cheese sandwich,” he said. “If we win. If we lose, I’ve got to switch it up.”

He’s told teammates this season could be his last. DRC said “they think I’m joking.”

For what it’s worth, I didn’t get the impression DRC was joking.

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