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Manning not thinking in terms of legacy

NEWARK, N.J. — Peyton Manning is not interested in talking about where his career stands in terms of history.

Not right now. Certainly not less than a week from playing in the Super Bowl for the Denver Broncos.

As collected and measured as he is while standing in a pocket, Manning coasted through the circus that is media day, opining on his family's favorite beer, politely evading silly questions about reality TV — and avoiding any wild pronouncements.

Reporters repeatedly brought up the word "legacy" as Manning, 37, a four-time NFL MVP who broke records with 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards passing this season, did his hour-long session Tuesday.

"I've been being asked about my legacy since I was about 25 years old. I'm not sure you can have a legacy when you're 25 years old. Even 37," Manning said in response to the first such query. "I'd like to have to be, like, 70 to have a legacy. I'm not even 100 percent sure what the word even means."

Then, Manning continued: "I'm still in the middle of my career."

At least one media member gasped, "middle?!"

Realizing his miscue, Manning chuckled and said: "Let me rephrase that. I'm down the homestretch of my career, but I'm still in it. It's not over yet."

Lynch elusive again: Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch made an early exit at media day, then returned in time to possibly avoid a hefty fine.

Wearing a hood and dark sunglasses, Lynch abruptly left the required session at the Prudential Center after 6½ minutes.

He returned and stood on the side of the media area, doing a couple of interviews, talking to teammates and signing footballs and a helmet for fans in the stands.

He ignored almost all other questioners as time ran out in Seattle's 45-minute availability. One reporter asked, "Are you trying to avoid being fined by standing here?" Lynch twice nodded. He acknowledged he does not enjoy talking to the media.

This month, Lynch was fined $50,000 for not cooperating with the Seattle media. The league put the fine on hold, saying it would be rescinded if his behavior improved.

Harvin back: Seahawks WR Percy Harvin said he is ready to play a full game while healthy for the first time this season.

"I'm not really worrying about the past games that I missed and the time I missed," the former Florida standout said. "I'm here now, I'm healthy and I'm ready to go."

Harvin, 25, returned to practice Wednesday after passing concussion protocol following a head injury suffered in Seattle's NFC divisional playoff game against New Orleans. That came after he missed the first 10 games after needing hip surgery, then played sparingly because of complications. Harvin came back for the playoffs, but hit his head on the turf against New Orleans.

Harvin was asked if he thought he'd be at full strength Sunday against Denver.

"I am absolutely playing," he said without hesitation.

"He's quick and every time he has that ball in his hands, he could be a threat," Denver LB Danny Trevathon said of Harvin. "You want to minimize every opportunity he has."

All better: Broncos K Matt Prater says he felt "a lot better" after missing three practices last week because of an illness and expects to be "totally fine" for the Super Bowl. Prater kicked Monday for the first time since being sent home by the team last week. He missed practices through Saturday, and said he felt as if "a truck hit me."

Manning not thinking in terms of legacy 01/28/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 8:53pm]
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