The largest Super Bowl Media Day is behind us. Literally, a record 5,205 credentials were reportedly distributed (the most ever) for the quirkiest of the Super Bowl’s pregame festivities. Highlights (or low-lights depending on your perspective) were aplenty, from Randy Moss’s bold proclamation to Ray Lewis’s deer denial to Mo Rocca punning Ravens and even Katherine Webb’s media debut.
I was one among thousands navigating podium scrums and press/player huddles at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, all while dodging a web of camera cables and this guy for the better part of five hours. It was blitzing work, but a spectacle unlike any I’ve covered in sports. Waiting for my press pass in a snailish line, one reporter likened the experience to “throwing verbal elbows.” “Scream, be invasive, and you might get heard,” he said.
He wasn’t all wrong or right.
On the shiny AstroTurf, I accidentally bumped into Rick Reilly, whose suit was easily worth more than anything hanging in my closet combined. Descending the escalator after brunch, I shook hands with Aaron Sanchez of the hit cooking show “Chopped” and did my best not to be the guy superficially interested in his ink. There was plenty of that elsewhere.
As players flocked and fans began showing their support from the surrounding stands, I shared tight spaces with legendary players like Eddie George and Deion Sanders. I entertained questions with a slew of popular sports columnists and media personalities too numerous to name. I even failed at my attempt to interview ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter, and instead got something completely unique when his young daughter called him on the spot.
Below are some of the videos I shot live from the stadium floor. Please excuse the amateur filming. It was a one-man act.
Ray Lewis Puts a Reporter on Blast
Randy Moss: ‘I Wasn’t Ready to Leave the Game’
The Always Colorful Terrell Suggs
Vernon Davis Talks Offense, Randy Moss’s Favorite Hobby
Ed Reed on Representing New Orleans in Super Bowl XLVII
Patrick Willis Talks Mike Singletary, Larry Allen and His Old ‘See the Ball, Go Get Ball’ Mentality
Ray Rice on the Ravens Getting No Respect
Colin Kaepernick Addresses His Tattoos and Alex Smith
NaVorro Bowman Laughs Off Pass Interference Talk on Roddy White in the NFC Championship Game
Torrey Smith Gets an Unexpected Interviewer
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