Media Day brings out silly, serious sides of Super Bowl players
Published: Monday, February 7, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 17:11
Media Day is the day the National Football League proffers Super Bowl players to the press for questions and antics that range from the serious to the absurd.
Tuesday was no exception as a sea of jerseys, microphones, TV cameras and more covered the field of Cowboys Stadium despite freezing temperatures, icy roads and an expiring collective bargaining agreement between the players and the owners.
Clad in neon green underwear, black tights and an orange cape, Pick Boy of the Nicktoons channel stalked players, microphone in hand.
A beautiful woman in a glittery sleeveless dress tottered on the turf in high-heeled shoes. She's Ines Sainz from TV Azteca. Last year she came clad in a wedding gown and asked every player to marry her.
Another Latin American reporter was "wearing" his own cardboard interview booth.
"This is my fifth Super Bowl, CINCO!" he shouted. "I deserve my own booth just like the players!"
Ross "The Intern" Mathews of Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" cornered Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman. He offered him a soft pink football covered in black leopard stripes.
"Isn't this the kind of football you want to cuddle with?" Ross asked. "You wouldn't drop this football would you?"
Redman laughed so hard he had to bend over to catch his breath. He was seen cuddling the football 10 minutes later as he gave interviews to other members of the media.
Pittsburgh defensive end Brett Keisel has a full beard that makes him look like a Viking. Someone handed him a black curly wig. He put it against his face as a new beard before he tried it on his head.
One radio reporter declared she was determined to ask the dumbest questions of the day.
"Who has the best eyes on the team?" she asked a Packers player. "Who takes the longest showers? Who needs to take a longer shower?"
She may have won the prize.
But not everything at media day was witty and comical.
Tyler-born Texas Tech grad Matt Flynn, the Packers second string quarterback, was eager to talk serious football.
"You don't want me to play," Flynn said. "If I do, it means something bad has happened to Aaron [Rodgers]."
When asked what he thought about this whole experience he said, "I'm enjoying the ride…I'm in Texas…It's a dream come true."
SMU grad and Pittsburgh wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders sported giant diamond earrings and a wide smile as he took it all in.
"I'm comfortable [in Texas]," he said. "I feel at home."
The Steelers have won six Super Bowls and have awarded a wide receiver the MVP in three of them.
"I pray every day and will do everything I can to get that," Sanders said.
He admitted he has a chip on his shoulder. Although he was drafted in the third round, he thought he should have been drafted higher.
"I can be one of the top wide receivers of this class," Sanders said.
Sanders visited SMU last week to eat Freebirds burritos and visit Coach June Jones and his former teammates.
Sanders encouraged SMU football players too "stay humble, stay hungry, stay focused."
As the scoreboard clock counted down the event's final minutes, one reporter asked Brett Keisel the question lurking in everyone's minds: What will happen when the collective bargaining agreement between NFL players and owners expires next month?
"I truly hope they'll get this thing figured out," Keisel said. "I just want to work. I love my job. Let me do what I do."
The clock hit zero, and the circus came to a close. The silliness may have ended but the seriousness lingers on.