It's the Super Bowl and the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers both mean business.
Players from both teams said they'll enjoy to trip to California, but emphasised their focus on winning a championship.
"We've got to treat it like a regular week," said Panthers offensive tackle Michael Oher, who won a Super Bowl with the 2012 Ravens. "We've got to do the exact same things. If you've got a routine, keep the same routine and don't get caught up with everything around you. There are a ton of distractions and it'd be easy to go in another direction. You've got to stay focused and continue to do exactly what you've been doing."
The Broncos and Panthers landed in San Jose on Sunday and got right to work for Super Bowl 50 at their respective facilities in the San Francisco Bay area.
While both teams will try to keep their attention on the task at hand, it will not be easy. The Super Bowl is the most media-saturated sporting event in the world and players will have to field questions from reporters they've never before seen from media outlets from all over the world. The fiasco begins with Monday's "Opening Night," which has replaced Tuesday as media day.
"One thing you have to do is stay focused," said Panthers' wide receiver Kevin Norwood, who was on Seattle's Super Bowl team last year. "Once you get down there, a lot of people try to grab you to get autographs or interviews, want you to do a lot of stuff. It's going to be hectic with a lot of celebrities. It's pretty amazing. The week is going to be crazy. My advice to these guys is to stay focused. We're going out there for a business trip. Enjoy it, but stay focused."
Super Bowl 50 is the first time two quarterbacks selected number one overall will face off in the NFL's championship game. Should the Broncos win, Peyton Manning can become the first quarterback in NFL history to start and win a Super Bowl with two different teams. If the Panthers win, Cam Newton would join Roger Staubach and Jim Plunkett as the only Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks to win the Super Bowl.
The Broncos will practice this week at Stanford while the Panthers will use the facilities at San Jose State. Using the college facilities will give practices a training camp feel and the goal remains the same from last summer when the teams opened camp -- win the Super Bowl.
"It's a business trip," Broncos linebacker Shaquil Barrett said Sunday. "It's no vacation. We're going out there to work and get the job done."
Most of the game plan installation was done last week and this week's practices will be more about fine-tuning and studying as their normal week routine is disrupted.
Before leaving Colorado, the Broncos players listened to team president and CEO Joe Ellis give a heartfelt speech about owner Pat Bowlen, who is battling Alzheimer's disease.
"I had Joe talk to the football team before we called it a week about Mr. B, how he's doing and how he'd be very proud of this football team," Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said. "It was a very good moment.
"Mr. B was one of us. I mean he was around here at practice, he was in the weight room and he was one of us. Mr. B always hired good people and he let them do their job. He supported you all the way."
Broncos director of pro personnel Tom Heckert, who helped the team sign T.J. Ward, DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib, Emmanuel Sanders, Darian Stewart, Owen Daniels, Jordan Norwood, Ryan Harris and Vance Walker, did not make the trip to the Super Bowl because of "a very treatable blood disorder."
Almost every Panthers employee, aside from a skeleton crew of part-time security staff, flew from Charlotte to California, courtesy of team owner Jerry Richardson.
Panthers center Ryan Kalil grew up in California and said he's looking forward to trip out west.
"This is what we worked so hard for, to be in this game," Kalil said Sunday. "Now it's here, but we still have some work to do."