EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Super Bowl XLVIII is 289 days away, but it was a big topic of discussion on Thursday at the Giants' training facility.
The media are partly to blame. But the Giants actually have been talking about it ever since they opened their voluntary offseason workout program on Monday.
"[We] came in here the first day -- they told us straight up, no team has ever hosted the Super Bowl and played in it," left tackle Will Beatty said. "That’s your goal. That’s it. Whatever we do now, it is to work toward that goal."
"It’s definitely a big motivation," said safety Stevie Brown. "The tradition around here is to win, and with the Super Bowl being here in New York, it’s even more motivation."
The Giants are coming off a disappointing 2012 season, in which they folded down the stretch, finished 9-7 and were left out of the playoffs. But they won the Super Bowl two years ago, and have won two championships in the past six seasons.
Quarterback Eli Manning admitted his team is faced with a unique situation this year. "The goal is to make the Super Bowl every year, and to bring a championship home," Manning said. "Obviously it would be very, very special to play it in your home stadium, in front of your home crowd."
Guard Chris Snee wasn't as effusive on the topic, but likes what he's seen at the training facility this week, as the Giants begin the process of bouncing back from last season.
"We’re all aware of where [the Super Bowl's] played," Snee said. "This year it just happens to be at MetLife. And obviously we’re aware that no team has ever played at its home stadium, but it doesn’t change our goal at all. We’re an excited bunch here, we’ve had enthusiastic workouts so far."