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People watch fireworks as they stand near the Roman numerals for NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game at Pier A Park in Hoboken, N.J., Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos are scheduled to play in the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The fireworks were part of a kick off event for the game. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
NFL: 5 things to know from Monday’s Super Bowl scene
First Published Jan 28 2014 09:37 am • Last Updated Jan 28 2014 11:54 pm

New York • The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks are all settled in for Super Bowl week.

Next up: media day.

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And who knows what will be heard — or seen — on Tuesday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

After two days of minimal media appearances, the AFC and NFC champions will face hordes of reporters looking to further break down the matchup between the Broncos’ top-ranked offense and the Seahawks’ No. 1 defense.

Oh, and there will also be plenty of non-journalist types, celebrities and wacky wardrobes to create the spectacle that has become a media day staple.

"We want to enjoy the moment, but you never forget why you’re here and we’re here to play the biggest game in football," Seahawks tackle Russell Okung said Monday. "That’s what we’re here for. We stay true to who we are and while we’re here, all those distractions won’t get in our way."

Both teams got their first practices in, with the Broncos working at the New York Jets’ facility in Florham Park, N.J., and the Seahawks at the Giants’ training center in East Rutherford, N.J.

"It’s been pretty unusual for a trip like this, just getting used to everything," Seattle tight end Zach Miller said.

Here’s a quick look at a few of the Super Bowl story lines from Monday:

NEW YORK-NEW JERSEY REDUX? Jonathan Tisch, a co-owner of the New York Giants and co-chairman of the Super Bowl Host Committee, wants the NFL’s big game to return to the area every 10 years.


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This will be the first Super Bowl played outdoors in a cold-weather site, and Tisch believes it will be a huge success. And not just on the field. Tisch said holding the game in New York and New Jersey is expected to generate $550 million to $600 million for the region.

"This is a legacy that will live beyond the game itself," Tisch said. "For years to come, young people, men and women will feel this game was important for the region. And hopefully, when we do all the tallying in the weeks to come, the other 30 owners will say to themselves, if there is a chance to do this again, Super Bowl 48 in New York and New Jersey was a huge success. Let’s try to do this once every 10 years."

MARIJUANA STUDY: Seattle coach Pete Carroll supports Commissioner Roger Goodell’s message last week that the league could consider medicinal marijuana as a treatment if science proved it could benefit players who have sustained concussions.

While there are some stigmas attached to marijuana use, Carroll believes the medicinal value should be fully researched.

"The world of medicine is trying to do the exact same thing and figure it out," he said, "and they’re coming to some conclusions."

STEPPING AWAY? Denver quarterback Peyton Manning isn’t ready to retire, even if he wins the Super Bowl. But Broncos teammate Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie might be.

The 27-year-old cornerback is giving serious consideration to hanging it up after Sunday’s game, even though he’s in his playing prime.

"I had a goal of playing five years," Rodgers-Cromartie said, "and I reached that."

He already plans to go back to college, study psychology and become a guidance counselor at his old high school — whenever he does walk away.

"I had my fun in this league," he said.

NO NAMES, BIG GAMES: For all the megastars and All-Pros in the Super Bowl such as Manning, a handful of hardly household names could have a major impact for their teams.

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