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Seattle tackle Tony McDaniel played three seasons with Jacksonville and four with Miami before joining Seattle this season.

“In the offseason, when I used to watch playoff games, the Super Bowl was always in the back of my mind,” McDaniel said. “I’m here now and it’s amazing.”

Seahawks punter Jon Ryan was with Green Bay in the 2007 season when it lost to the Giants in the NFC title game in overtime.

“That was a heartbreaker and when I went to Seattle after that we had a couple of lean years, where we won four and five games,” the Canadian said. “After eight years, I’m finally getting a chance to play in the game, It’s every kid’s dream. In the backyard, you’d be (John) Elway or (Joe) Montana passing to (Jerry) Rice or whoever.

“As you get older, it seems to become a pipe dream, but now I am so thankful to be here.”

Broncos cornerback Quentin Jammer and defensive end Shaun Phillips got close to the big one playing a decade in San Diego.

Jammer admitted doubts crept in.

“You go 11 years and you didn’t make it and you start to come toward the end of your career and you know you’ve only got a few more years left in you,” he said.

Phillips never doubted.

“I wouldn’t say it’s surreal because it’s something I always believed I could do,” he said. “It just happened to take 10 years.”

Denver linebacker Paris Lenon had the craziest trip. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service after college, played in the XFL and later for Amsterdam in NFL Europe.

“It’s been a winding road,” he said. “But it’s been a fun one.”