From Peyton Manning, to Richard Sherman, to Regis Philbin? Everyone was out yesterday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey for NFL Super Bowl Media day. Media day is every reporter's dream, a chance to get up close and personal with the stars of the NFL, and having an opportunity to pick their brain about the biggest game they will play in their lives.
Peyton Manning, who always media favorite is known for his dry sense of humor, answered questions like everyone knew he would. The main topic asked to Peyton was about his legacy.
"I've been asked about my legacy since I was 25," Peyton said joking around with reporters.
Peyton stressed the fact of being calm and avoiding distractions the week leading up to the Super Bowl. This was also stressed by Broncos Head Coach John Fox. Fox was the Head Coach of the 2003 Carolina Panthers team that lost to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVVIII. Fox told the media how he watched his guys (2003 Panthers) get "amped up" way to early during the long week leading up to the game. Fox said he was going to make sure that does not happen again.
Going into the day the main focus was on Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman who is known this season for his post game outburst after the NFC Championship game. Sherman had the biggest crowd of the day and answered questions with all smiles during his time. When asked about his post game outburst, Sherman told the press,
"I think if I had more time after the game to think things over, it would have been better articulated, obviously. A lot lower tone, lower volume, it would have been a clearer and more concise message, and I think the criticism would have been less."
Sherman began to apologize because the outburst took all the attention away from his teammates and the win. "I play for my guys. I'm just one of 11 on defense, one of 22 when the offense is out there and one of 53 on the team." Sherman said.
Another Seahawks player made big news on media day. but it was for what he did not say. Star Running back Marshawn Lynch spoke to the media for only about 6 and half minutes. Lynch, who enjoyed being an observer to media day rather than taking part told reporters that media day "Ain't my thing." Lynch said. When asked about the media attention, Lynch told ESPN,
"I'm just about action. You say, 'hut,' and there's action. All the unnecessary talk, it don't do nothing for me. I appreciate that people want to hear from me, but I just go to work and do my thing. You feel me?"
For the Super Bowl, the NFL requires the players to attend and participatein Media Day. Nobody knows how the league will react to Lynch's lack to participate. Early in the year Lynch faced a possible fine of $50k for not speaking with the media. The fine was put on hold for the rest of the season when Lynch appealed the fine telling the league officials that he would speak to the media after the upcoming games, which he did. as of today, the league has not come out with an action on Lynch's lack of participation during media day. Seven years ago, now retired Chicago Bears Linebacker Brian Urlacher was $100k for wearing Vitamin Water hat during media day. Vitamin Water is non-league sponsor.