For Addai, this latest Super Bowl opportunity means less pressure on him as a runner as the emphasis shifts to what he can do for Indianapolis as a short-yardage back, where he’s put up 10 rushing touchdowns and 828 yards on 219 carries. He’s also relishing his role as a blocker and an occasional receiver (51 catches, 336 yards, three touchdowns).
He’s relaxed and having fun this week in South Florida, confident that he’s making a strong contribution to one of the NFL’s most potent offenses – even if it’s not always visible in the stats column every week.
“It’s really how you look at it. If you just watch the game and you say, ‘That’s a nice run,’ but you look on paper and oh, you see something different,” Addai said. “So it’s all kind of how you look at it, and what we’re working with that game.
“When you have a great player like Peyton Manning, you want him to make a lot of the decisions, and he does a great job. It’s all about getting that ‘W’ and that’s what we’ve been doing all year.”