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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.

You know, kind of how Washington running back Timmy Smith did in 1987 or Dallas cornerback Larry Brown in 1996.

Denver defensive tackle Terrance Knighton is one, signed as a free agent after four mostly nondescript years with Jacksonville. He’s coming off a big-time performance in the AFC championship game against New England. That’s after the man nicknamed “Pot Roast” for his rotund physique was buried on the Broncos‘ depth chart in training camp.

“It is going to be based on your performance, where you are on the depth chart, how much you are going to play,” coach John Fox said. “All of those things, you earn or don’t earn. Really, everything Terrance has done, he did (himself).”

Other players to watch for on Sunday include Seattle’s Jermaine Kearse, Michael Robinson and Malcolm Smith, and Denver’s Manny Ramirez and Paris Lenon.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER? The forecast for Sunday’s game remains a hot topic of conversation because of how chilly it might be.

On Monday, the area saw relatively mild temperatures with a high of 44 degrees and partly sunny skies. But then the clouds rolled in and so did a frosty wind, dropping the temperature to 22 by the early evening.

That’s nothing, though. The forecast for Tuesday is for a high of 20 with wind chills making it feel below zero in the morning.

As for Sunday, National Weather Service meteorologist Anthony Gigi said the current forecast calls for temperatures to reach a high of 39 with a low of 27 - with little threat of snow or rain.

“It’s not going to distract us,” Miller said of his Seahawks. “It’s not going to be any reason why we don’t win on Sunday.”

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