DIXON – A year ago, Sean Considine was playing in and winning the Super Bowl. This year, he'll be watching the game like the rest of us.
Considine, who retired after playing last season with the Baltimore Ravens, visited St. Anne Catholic School in Dixon on Wednesday. I had a chance to talk with him before he spoke to nearly 50 students and staff.
We talked about why he's back in the area – he had a home built for his family in Byron – and why he likes speaking to groups of children. But I couldn't resist asking if he had a prediction about the Super Bowl.
"I'm rooting for Denver," Considine said. "What Peyton Manning is doing, at his age, is just unbelievable. I got a lot of respect for the way he plays the game."
Manning, who will turn 38 in March, is considered one of the most knowledgeable players in football. The adjustments and audibles he makes from the quarterback position, to go along with his physical skills, make him one of the best to ever play the game.
Considine said he tried to take the same approach when he played.
"Football is still one of those games where you can outsmart some people," he said. "And I think that's what Peyton Manning does for a living better than anybody I've ever seen. So I got a lot of respect for what he's doing and I'm pulling for him to get one more Super Bowl ring under his belt."
Considine didn't offer a prediction for the game.
But I'll make one of my own: The Denver Broncos will beat the Seattle Seahawks, 38-28.