It only takes six cans of seltzer and belching the alphabet to get Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly pumped for Sunday’s big game.
Teammate Cam Newton looks in the mirror and calls himself the prince of football. Greg Olsen consults his cat. Jared Allen sings along to the “Lion King” soundtrack. And Jonathan Stewart says “Candyman” three times, and “when he appears and tries to kill me, I run really fast.”
The Panthers appeared on Thursday night’s episode of the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” As he prepares for his own post-game show, the comedian dispatched a team to Monday’s media day in Santa Clara to ask players what they do to get pumped for the game.
Among the highlights: Newton said he wears a tiny crown and who’s the prince of football. The answer: “ME!!!”
Olsen said he tells his cat the game is already over and the Panthers won. “Then I have to go out and win because I can never lie to her,” he said.
Broncos players weighed in, too. Aqib Talib, team cornerback, said he wakes up at 4 a.m. each day to score good deals at garage sales.
“Nothing gets me going like paying only $2 for a used crockpot,” he said.
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