JERSEY CITY, NJ - JANUARY 27: Terrance Knighton of the Denver Broncos speaks to the media during Super Bowl XLVIII media availability January 27, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will meet at Super Bowl XLVIII at Metlife Stadium on February 2, 2014. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - When you play an NFL game near where you grew up, the ticket requests can get crazy. Imagine the number of calls when it just happens to be the Super Bowl.
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There are four Denver Broncos who grew up in the area, including defensive end Terrance Knighton. The Connecticut native said Monday he is letting his mother be "the bad guy" with all the ticket requests.
"I handed the tickets over to her," Knighton said. "I let her take care of all that."
Knighton, who grew up in Windsor, Conn., and played at Temple before being drafted in 2008, said his family was more concerned about Tom Brady in the AFC championship game then him making it to the Super Bowl.
"The only thing they were saying was, 'Just don't hurt [Tom] Brady,' " Knighton said Monday during his media session. "That's all they kept saying to me. So that happened that we won and I'm in the Super Bowl. They were just worried about Tom Brady's longevity."
Mike Adams, Knowshon Moreno and Robert Ayers grew up in New Jersey. Coach John Fox coached in New York for six seasons as an assistant with the Giants.
"It's awesome that I get to see my family, get to see some friends, coaches," Moreno said. "It would be awesome [to win], especially in your hometown. My family will be here to enjoy the moment also. It's not going to be easy."
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