Super Bowl Superlatives: Is Cam Newton or Peyton Manning the Biggest Prankster?!
By Sophie Schillaci
Are you ready for some football?
Whether you're a casual fan or a die-hard, we can all appreciate the silly and serious sides of this year's Super Bowl hopefuls. Entertainment Tonight and NFL GameDay Live host Kevin Frazier is breaking down the 2016 Super Bowl Superlatives -- from the strangest superstitions, to the best training camp pranks, to the most charitable players.
The Denver Broncos will face off against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Feb. 7, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, airing live on CBS.
Ron Rivera [Panthers]: On a game day, he has a superstition that he eats the same thing; during games, he stands by Cam Newton at the 50 yard line during the National Anthem; and the same assistant coach picks him up at home for every single home game, at the same time, every week.
Louis Vasquez [Broncos]:He never takes out his mouthpiece. Think about this now. You leave the locker room and you put a mouthpiece in -- and anyone who's ever worn a mouthpiece, you know there's no joy in it -- he puts it in and never takes it out. He spends the next three hours with that mouthpiece in his mouth. So, Louis, good luck to you!
MOST LIKELY TO BE THE LIFE OF THE PARTY.
Cam Newton [Panthers]: The guy is charismatic, he is a star. Even when you see him, it's shocking, first of all, how big he is, but he is one of those guys who has a megawatt smile. Cam Newton lights up a room and he is a special human being -- a natural leader. And, you know what? I don't think he's ever taken a bad picture.
Von Miller [Broncos]:I'm gonna go out on a limb and here's why, 'cause Von Miller has interesting taste when it comes to fashion.
Cam Newton [Panthers]:Some people would say Mike Tolbert, their fullback, because they say he's the best dancer on the team. Please. I'm gonna go with Cam. He's that guy. He's loose, he's fun, he'd be like, 'Let's get it! Let's get in it! Oh, is that Coldplay? What's Beyonce doing? Come on, girl, let's go!'
Peyton Manning [Broncos]:Hmm... Have you seen Peyton Manning dancing?
Peyton Manning [Broncos]: Who's the guy who hosted Saturday Night Live?! Peyton Manning! He's done all kinds of things to his teammates. He's pulled off quite a few pranks from rearranging guys rooms during training camp, to getting cars towed and moved. I mean, Peyton is fun. You see him on the field and he's so damn serious, and you're like, 'Oh, this dude's no fun.' No, he's a lot of fun.
MOST LIKELY TO MAKE YOU BUST OUT LAUGHING.
Josh Norman [Panthers]:I enjoy watching guys' helmets whip around. We can't see the mouths, but we can see the helmets whip around -- that's because somebody just said somethin’ to them. Josh Norman is the guy. Here's the thing. I think that this really could be a breakout Super Bowl for Josh Norman. In football circles, people know that he is one of the best defensive backs in the league, but outside of football, the masses don't really know Josh Norman yet. I think they really could get to know him over the next week and it could be a lot of fun. That could change the way we look at him, and he could become an advertising darling -- but he does like to make it spicy when he's out there talking.
MOST LIKELY TO BE A HEARTTHROB.
Luke Kuechly [Panthers]: I think this could be a big weekend for Luke Kuechly. I think that a lot of people will fall in love with Luke this week.
MOST LIKELY TO MAKE A GAME-WINNING PLAY.
Cam Newton and Greg Olsen [Panthers]:There are important components that can change this game, and one of them is Greg Olsen. He is a difference maker and he can make a big difference in this game. Cam Newton to Greg Olsen, I think that will be the winning play. Or, a Josh Norman interception that'll end it. One of those two will be the winning play.
Panthers:There's a bunch of guys, and we've had a chance to profile some of these guys on my Saturday show, CBS Game Changers. One guy I want to start with for Carolina is Jared Allen. His Homes for Wounded Warriors is a special charity because Jared is putting his own money up there and building houses for guys who are coming back from the battlefield wounded, injured, and he makes sure they have a home and a safe place to go at all times.
Also, Greg Olsen of the Carolina Panthers. His Greg Olsen Foundation has a thing called The Heartest Yard, and they are working with a local children's hospital to deliver care for folks who have cancer and heart disease. His son has a congenital heart defect, so it's something that's very near and dear to Greg and [wife] Kara Olsen's hearts.
Broncos:We have profiled a bunch of the Broncos and all the stuff they are doing. I do want to mention Omar Bolden has a cool program. What Omar does is called the Positive Living Award. He rewards fans who volunteer or work with nonprofits and it really embodies having a positive attitude. He gives away game tickets and meet and greets to people who are out there working in the community, and I love that. That's just one of many things the Broncos are doing.
On both sides, there are a lot of charitable things that are being done by these players and we need to keep that in mind. These guys are doing good, they're not just burning through their money.