FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Having retreated from the fray of Media Day at the stadium, my over-riding impression of another memorable day’s fun and frolics will have to be the smile on the face of Saints backup offensive lineman Tim Duckworth.
The 6-foot-4, 318-pound guard was last seen weaving his merry way out of the concourse level at Sun Life Stadium having had to perform the oddest task of the day, but one for which he definitely was in tune.
The strapping Duckworth was asked if he could do push-ups — with petite NFL Play 60 reporter Tiffany Pearl on his back. Now, Duckworth probably can bench-press his own weight if necessary, but having to perform this task with Ms. Pearl draped over him was another thing altogether.
“Give me five good ones!” cheered Tiffany (who also doubles, fittingly enough, as the Dolphins’ cheerleading squad captain). And, sure enough, a jovial Duckworth managed to oblige with five genuine push-ups while the cameras rolled and several teammates fell about laughing.
When I asked him if he ever imagined his Media Day highlight would be doing calisthenics with a cheerleader on his back, Duckworth’s smile just got wider. “No, but I feel as if I had a good workout,” he cracked back. “It seems you have to be ready for anything today!”
Not so much a case of Saint misbehavin’ as The Big Cheesy.
– Simon Veness
(U.S.-based British writer Simon Veness has infiltrated the ranks of NFL.com for Super Bowl week with his transatlantic take on events.)