They love New York.
The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos have been having a blast since arriving on Sunday for this weekend's Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Some grew up in the area, some have come here before, and a few are experiencing the city for the first time.
amNewYork spoke with members of both teams at Tuesday's Super Bowl Media Day at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., about what they've been up to in and around Manhattan.
Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane: "We went to a couple restaurants … in Manhattan. We ate there, and it was actually pretty good. … Del Frisco's [Grille]… I think I got the cowboy rib eye. It was pretty good." Added he would like to get a pea coat.
Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin: "I've just been relaxing, rehabbing, catching up on my sleep. I've been to New York before and I've seen all the sight-seeing and things so I'm focused on this game and being the best I can for the game. … I've ordered [from] a couple different spots, but I'm not worried about that. My focus is on the game."
Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka: "I grew up in Boston, so I've seen a lot of the sights here. Just visiting since I was in high school. So, not so much sight-seeing but a lot of my college friends and high school friends live here and work here so I went to dinner with them last night. … I went to Blue Water Grill in Union Square. … Got some blackened swordfish with sweet potatoes. It was great."
Seahawks tight end Zach Miller: "In a limited fashion. I did get the chance to go to the Nets game [Monday] night. Got to see the basketball game. Kind of got to eat around a little bit, but nothing too crazy. I actually visited New York a couple years ago with my wife, so we did all the tourist stuff then, all the stuff in Manhattan. But everything's been great so far. … I like to go see places, so in the past it was cool to go see Wall Street, go to the Statue of Liberty, those type of things, went up in the Empire State Building, and ate at a bunch of good restaurants, so just that kind of stuff is cool. … I know we went to a place that had frozen hot chocolate, like a dessert place."
Broncos defensive tackle Robert Ayers, who grew up in part in Jersey City: "[When I was growing up], we would catch the [PATH] train over, get in a little bit of trouble, running around. Just see what it was like over there [in Manhattan]. It was fun. We enjoyed it. … [Since getting into the city this week,] we went to a couple of steakhouses and had fun, little mingling sessions with my teammates, just enjoying it. It was great times. I plan on going and seeing my family soon, too."
Broncos tight end Julius Thomas: "This is my first time coming to New York City. I still want to go see Times Square, and maybe the Statue of Liberty. I'm simple, I don't need the fanciest food in the world. I'll find something to eat."
Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno: "It's awesome [getting to play in the Super Bowl in my home state of New Jersey]. It's awesome that I get to see my family, get to see some friends, coaches. So that's awesome that they're so close and get to come to the game."