Peyton Manning says he has no problems playing in cold conditions but admitted the cold weather training he has been forced to do this week was "a good thing".
The Denver Broncos quarterback has something of a poor reputation for performing in cold weather and it is bound to be part of the narrative in the lead up to Super Bowl XLVIII.
Denver will take on the Seattle Seahawks at the MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants and New York Jets, where conditions are expected to be freezing and is already being labelled another Ice Bowl by many.
A recent report from ESPN claimed there would be a 21% chance of temperatures below 25 degrees and precipitation, as well as a 31% chance of winds above 15mph, so the weather is most definitely been a factor.
Despite a reputation for playing poorly when conditions get tough, Manning is not worried in the slightest, not least because the thermometer has dropped as low as 10 degrees in Denver this week during practice.
"We've practiced in this and had to play in these types of conditions at different points in the year," he is quoted as saying on the official NFL website.
"So any time you can have a similar situation you can simulate during practice which it might be during a game, it always is a good thing."
Manning will be hoping he can overcome the conditions, whatever the problems the weather throws up, as he is going after the second Super Bowl ring of his career, the second that many feel he needs for his reputation as one of the greatest players in NFL history to be secured.
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