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Knighton researches Unger’s personal life for trash talk material

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Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton will go head to head with Seahawks center Max Unger in the Super Bowl. Knighton also plans to have his mouth in Unger’s ear.

Knighton told reporters today that he’s been watching a lot of tape of Unger to see how other defensive tackles do against him.

“I’m going against Max Unger this week,” Knighton said. “He’s a good player. He’s real crafty. He knows a lot of tricks of the trade of trying to influence you to do certain things. I’ve just been watching him over and over, and trying to figure out what he’s thinking about, and how other guys in the league have been successful. Arizona played them pretty well, their defensive front. I’ve just been watching a lot of guys, watching as much as I can.”

That’s not all the research Knighton is doing: Knighton also said part of his preparation for facing off with Unger is finding out things about Unger’s personal life, which he can use for trash talk during the game.

“Today I’ll start Googling him and doing all types of stuff to guide out his personal life,” Knighton said. “I want to know everything about him. Just everything, from his favorite food to his favorite color, where he grew up at, how many siblings he has. I want to know everything about him, and I’ll probably talk a little smack Sunday. I have a lot of respect for him. He’s the middle of their offense, and I take pride in being the middle of our defense. So it’s going to come down to that matchup really with a team that likes to run the ball. I’m pretty sure he’s studying me right now, and I’ll be studying him as soon as I leave here. May the best man win.”

Knighton may be a nice guy off the field (the photo accompanying this post shows him at an event giving winter coats to underprivileged children in New Jersey, which he attended during some brief time off this week), but when it comes to facing Unger in the Super Bowl, he’ll do anything for an edge.

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36 Responses to “Knighton researches Unger’s personal life for trash talk material”
  1. mancave001 says: Jan 30, 2014 11:25 AM

    Haha that is GREAT! I never even thought of them Googling each other to get trash talk material for the field. It’s the best thing since LT used to send hookers and blow to opponents’ rooms the night before the game!

  2. seatownballers says: Jan 30, 2014 11:28 AM

    Knighton is not taken lightly. He’s a stud. Prepare to face an angry Hawaiian. Robinson will be leading the way, and then u must stop lynch.

  3. andrewlucksneard says: Jan 30, 2014 11:28 AM

    Boy do I miss playing football!!

  4. joeflaccoallday says: Jan 30, 2014 11:33 AM

    Wow, that’s really weak. Same thing Janoris Jenkins did with Steve Smith and look what happened in that game.

  5. mrwalterisgod says: Jan 30, 2014 11:35 AM

    How about you’re an overrated defensive tackle whose nickname and sack of Tom Brady 2 weeks ago have preceeded your actual reputation as a player?

  6. JackedUpSports says: Jan 30, 2014 11:37 AM

    and people hate on richard sherman…

  7. russellwilsonismymvp says: Jan 30, 2014 11:37 AM

    Comical. Unger is a first team all-pro. Lynch is going to do a lot of trash talking as he racks up the yards on this fool. Pot belly won’t have much to say while he does it, either.

  8. realitypolice says: Jan 30, 2014 11:38 AM

    Pretty typical stuff. Like he said, you can be sure Unger is doing the exact same thing.

    Don’t be fooled though. All of the positive things he’s saying now are as much a part of the strategy to get in Unger’s head as the trash talking Sunday will be.

  9. bigbaldpapahawk says: Jan 30, 2014 11:39 AM

    Knighton purposefully wants to make things personal for “an edge” and he is a good guy.

    Sherman talks smack in the heat of the moment and he is the bane of the NFL…

    I see.

  10. knicksmets says: Jan 30, 2014 11:40 AM

    Nice, going the extra mile to try and get ahead.

  11. that's the best linebacker i've seen since Joe Montana says: Jan 30, 2014 11:40 AM

    I wonder if Manning will tell the cameras “I’m going to Omaha!” right after he wins the MVP.

  12. bowdowntopeyton says: Jan 30, 2014 11:41 AM

    Love it. This guy is gonna smash Wilson into the turf so hard he’s gonna end up next to Jimmy Hoffa.

  13. sweetnlow44 says: Jan 30, 2014 11:43 AM

    Oh man, imagine the outrage if Sherman said something like this.

  14. johnnyjagfan says: Jan 30, 2014 11:46 AM

    I thought only politicians engaged in personal opposition research. I love it.

  15. thebirdofprey2 says: Jan 30, 2014 11:52 AM

    Terrance Knighton has been reading too many of his press clippings leading into the Super Bowl. He had a couple of good plays but he’s not as good as he thinks.

    Arizona has some beasts on the d-line – Calais Campbell and Darnell Docket Pot Roast is not. That team is the number one rush defense. The funny thing is Bronco fans talk like they are now some juggernaut defense.

  16. ninetysixer says: Jan 30, 2014 11:54 AM

    former Temple Owl Terrance Knighton!

  17. beastmode5150 says: Jan 30, 2014 11:55 AM

    Classy.

  18. sc711 says: Jan 30, 2014 12:00 PM

    I have seen Knighton go sideline to sideline, he has a ton of hustle for a big man.

  19. lightcleric says: Jan 30, 2014 12:03 PM

    I love this kind of trash talk where the players specifically try to troll one another. I remember in the Saints/Colts SB Scott Fujita yelling “Peyton I can eat Oreos faster than you!” after he and Eli’s ad campaign. That was hilarious.

  20. fumblenuts says: Jan 30, 2014 12:04 PM

    “MAD” Max Unger will have pot roast for dinner on Sunday.

    GO HAWKS!!

  21. elliottcovert says: Jan 30, 2014 12:05 PM

    That’s true dedication to the craft right there.

  22. thefox61 says: Jan 30, 2014 12:11 PM

    Oh my!

  23. steel420 says: Jan 30, 2014 12:12 PM

    Awesome. I love this. Just shows respect and trash talking can coincide.

  24. fwippel says: Jan 30, 2014 12:16 PM

    John Randle used to do that every week.

  25. oreo51 says: Jan 30, 2014 12:17 PM

    Knighton will find out that Max Unger is no Jonathan Martin. He is not going to get off his game just because you talk trash about his sister.

  26. Patskrieg dot com says: Jan 30, 2014 12:44 PM

    If you do a Wiki search for “Max Unger” there’s the football player and the 19th century German musicologist. I’m sure Unger is going to be a really confused individual when the guy lining up across from his is screaming “Yo, you wasted your life’s work on Beethoven, blood! Chopin, son!”

  27. ratsfoiledagain says: Jan 30, 2014 1:03 PM

    Isn’t this the same guy who quit on his team after he got his contract?

    The same guy who thought it was more prudent to put a recording studio in his home, than it was to workout, and practice hard?

  28. jbaxt says: Jan 30, 2014 1:12 PM

    A poor mans Richard Sherman.

  29. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 30, 2014 1:25 PM

    All of these players’ strategies would be more effective if they kept that stuff to themselves instead of broadcasting all their tricks and ideas.

  30. realitycheckbaby says: Jan 30, 2014 2:05 PM

    What?????

    I thought we’ve been told over and over how classy Denver is and that they don’t talk.

    EVERYONE talks.

    And that’s a good thing.

    Toughen up buttercup.

    Best Regards.

  31. wiztopher says: Jan 30, 2014 2:44 PM

    Talk: not action. Trash: not good, waste.

  32. dans761 says: Jan 30, 2014 3:17 PM

    Did anyone outside of Denver even know who this guy was? People know Max Unger, 1st team all-pro, pro bowler and voted top 100 player. Meanwhile Pot Roasts claim to fame comes from his name. Denver’s D is awful, why is this guy even talking? Only 2 good players. Miller (who’s out) and Bailey (who’s over the hill) pot roast and his goons would be lucky to make Seattles practice squad.

  33. psly2124 says: Jan 30, 2014 3:37 PM

    Tnb. When your not better then a player and scared, you talk trash.

  34. frankenklein9009 says: Jan 30, 2014 6:38 PM

    They twisted this so much. He never once says he is googling him to get stuff to talk smack. He simply wants to get to know his enemy and praised the guy the entire time. Garbage this article

  35. bert1913 says: Jan 30, 2014 7:53 PM

    i hope “googling” doesn’t mean what i think it means

  36. icebowler says: Jan 30, 2014 9:13 PM

    Just tell him he’s playing like Felix Unger…that should do it.

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