Super Bowl 50: Denver Broncos

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Von Miller (58) of the Denver Broncos hoists the trophy after the game. The Denver Broncos played the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO on January 24, 2016. (Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

DENVER, CO – JANUARY 24: Von Miller (58) of the Denver Broncos hoists the trophy after the game. The Denver Broncos played the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO on January 24, 2016. (Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Events within the world of sports (and outside for that matter) don’t get any bigger than the Super Bowl. What an NFL player does in a Super Bowl game can change how that player is looked at forever. If you succeed, you will be a legend. If you fail, you will definitely be remembered, but not in a way anyone would ever want to be. What happens during a Super Bowl game is FOREVER & EVER. Super Bowl 50 will be played in Santa Clara, California on February 7th, 2016. The Denver Broncos will face off with the Carolina Panthers in the year’s biggest sporting event. All the players involved will have the opportunity to become more than just a football player—they will have the chance to become a NFL legend.

The Denver Broncos will play in their eighth Super Bowl on February 7th, 2016 at Levi’s Stadium. The eight Super Bowl appearances by the Broncos ties them for the most Super Bowls played in of all-time. Of these, they won two and lost five. The Broncos finished the regular season with a 12-4 record and went 2-0 in the playoffs by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots.

The Broncos have a strong defense that carried them through much of the season. Denver led the NFL in sacks with a total of 52 (they added 7 more in the playoffs). The team’s offense has struggled at times during the year, while the defense has been consistently dominant all season long.

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Payton Manning celebrates after winning the AFC championship game against New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver, January, 24, 2016. The Broncos will now go on to play in Super Bowl 50. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

DENVER, CO – JANUARY 24: Payton Manning celebrates after winning the AFC championship game against New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver, January, 24, 2016. The Broncos will now go on to play in Super Bowl 50. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The Bronco’s offense has struggled this year mostly due to the inconsistent play of Peyton Manning. Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks the league has ever known, but at 39, his best days are behind him. Age wasn’t the only obstacle facing Manning during the season—he also had to battle through numerous injuries. Many questioned whether Manning was done during the regular season and doubted whether he could lead a team to another Super Bowl. This will be Manning’s fourth Super Bowl appearance, twice before as a member of the Indianapolis Colts, and the 2016 Super Bowl will mark his second appearance as a member of the Denver Broncos. Manning’s lone Super Bowl win came with the Colts in 2007. After all the adversity that has faced him this year, many will be rooting for Peyton Manning to come up big in what may just be his final game. To win he will have to overcome a dominant Carolina defense, but Manning has defied the odds all season long.

Broncos wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas make angels in the confetti following Denver's 20-18 win in the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (Mark Reis/Colorado Springs Gazette/TNS via Getty Images)

Broncos wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas make angels in the confetti following Denver’s 20-18 win in the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (Mark Reis/Colorado Springs Gazette/TNS via Getty Images)

Few athletes leave their sport while still on top. Manning doesn’t possess the same skills he once did—they have faded with time and age. But his passion, determination and competitiveness are still very much intact. Peyton Manning has a chance to end his pro career the way so many other athletes have not been able to, if he can lead the Denver Broncos to victory in Super Bowl 50.

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