Sure, Virgil Green of the Denver Broncos wants to beat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday and earn an NFL championship ring.
But the former Tulare High star also has added motivation as two of his superstar teammates, quarterback Peyton Manning and cornerback Champ Bailey, wind down their careers.
"We want to go out there and perform well for our leaders," Green said. "Champ and Peyton are our leaders, and they have done a good job. They always tell us that the clock is ticking for them at a faster rate than it is for the younger guys.
"We just want to go out there and make them happy, but also make ourselves happy because at the end of the day that's what we all have dreamed of since we were kids."
It was shortly after the Broncos defeated the New England Patriots 26-16 in the AFC championship to earn their spot in Sunday's game in East Rutherford, N.J., that the 37-year-old Manning, in his 16th season, delivered a poignant message to his teammates:
"He told us that you don't need to focus too far ahead because the game is going to come," Green said. "We've just got to focus on what we're doing, our game plan and just not be too focused on New York, the lights and the glamour. ... We're not out there for leisure time."
Green contributed in the Broncos' victory over the Patriots with a 6-yard run -- the first rushing gain in his three-year NFL career and his first rush since playing for Nevada in the Wolf Pack's pistol offense led by now San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The 49ers, of course, lost 23-17 against the Seahawks in the NFC championship, with Seattle's top-ranked defense stopping San Francisco's drive in the final minute with an interception.
The Broncos, meanwhile, enter the Super Bowl with the league's top-ranked offense.
Green, who had nine catches for 45 yards during the regular season and saw action in 16 of the Broncos' games, predicted Sunday will "be a hard-hitting game."
"We understand that they're going to come downhill and try to be the bullies with us, but we've been in some games like that," Green said. "We played the Kansas City Chiefs, and their defense is stacked. We've had some tough games this year. We're looking forward to a good old-fashioned backyard slobber-knocker game."
And while Manning already has one NFL title ring from the Indianapolis Colts' 29-17 victory against the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI, a victory Sunday would be the first for Green and Bailey, who's in his 15th NFL season.
"We're not just happy to be in the Super Bowl -- we want to come out with a ring," Green said. "This means a lot to us. We've worked hard all year and we're working on the little things to keep us right.
"When you work hard for something you want to achieve your goal. For us to go out there and come up short will not be acceptable."
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