Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway knew the pain of losing a Super Bowl long before his team's 43-8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
In fact, Elway is no stranger to blowout losses either. Of the 11 Super Bowls that have been decided by 19 or more points, Elway and the Broncos have now been on the losing side four times.
"I'm not over them yet," Elway told reporters when asked about the three he lost in the 1980's when he was the Broncos quarterback. "I just added this one to it."
Elway did mention there being positives in the season, despite not taking the Lombardi Trophy home.
"You know, it was a great year. We came up short, but it wasn't due to lack of effort or lack of want to," Elway said.
This in a way, echoes Peyton Manning's post game press conference, when he called the word "embarrassing" and insult to the season and the hard work the players had put in.
Elway is expecting his team to regroup, and having lost in championship games like this before, his example might be the perfect fit for the Broncos locker room.
"You have to remember as a player when you lose a Super Bowl like this, 'we'll get through this disappointment.'"
Recent history is on Elway and the Broncos' side, as least in terms of the chance to get back to the Super Bowl. Each of the past four teams to have lost the Super Bowl returned the playoffs the following year.