Eighth grader Sam Kimmel is just an ordinary13-year-old boy from Homer City, In. Only Kimmel knows what it must feel like to be a member of his favorite football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
One of the highlights from the Steelers’ session at media include LB Keyaron Fox teaching a female Telemundo reporter dressed in a tight light-blue jersey, knee pads and high heels how to be a linebacker. “I was expecting a lot more serious questions,” Fox said. “But it’s all good. I’m just having fun with it.”
As Media Day came to a close, the players were still dancing. Following their team picture on the field, a group of Steelers got together at midfield to continue what took place moments earlier in the stands. NFL Network’s Scott Hanson managed to coax CB Bryant McFadden into a response to Cardinals CB Dominique Rodgers Cromartie’s dance challenge. WR Nate Washington and OT Marvel Smith led a large group of Steelers who surrounded McFadden up in the stands, providing beats while McFadden provided the dance moves.
They call this Media Day, but in some ways, it’s all backwards. In many cases, it’s just journalists interviewing journalists. The players even arm themselves with cameras, often turning them on reporters. Giants LB Antonio Pierce is one player acting as a journalist and giving interviews at the same time.
President Barack Obama ran on a platform of change, but the sense the Cardinals players have is that Obama is pulling for the Steelers, winners of five previous Super Bowls, to be the first professional team he greets in the White House as champions.
The cameras bring out the entertainer in everyone. As the media sets up their cameras, laptops and radio equipment, some of the Cardinals players sitting around waiting to get started decided to have somewhat of a dance-off. With the Scott Hanson and the NFL Network cameras on hand, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie took center stage, with the rest of his teammates and a few media members as a captive audience.
You know it’s the Super Bowl just by the police presence everywhere. In addition to our police escort on the bus ride over here and the bag check on the way in to the Steelers’ media tent, there is probably one police officer for every 10 journalists in here.
Troy Polamalu has to be one of the softest spoken people to ever put on a football helmet. You wouldn’t know how intense he can be on the football field based on his quiet demeanor off it.
Mike Tomlin is certainly dressed for the part, wearing a gold suit with a white pocket square. Big Ben is showing off his Steeler pride in his own way — with a bright yellow polo shirt and a pair of baggy Jeans.
As a large group listens to Steelers coach Mike Tomlin in one part of the media tent, his players are trickling into the back to take their seats at smaller, more intimate podiums.
Welcome to the InterContinental Hotel, home base for the Pittsburgh Steelers this week. The parade of media types that filed off our shuttle bus from the Tampa media center was greeted by a few eager Steelers fans, who were hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite team.
The Broncos have four running backs listed as questionable on their Friday injury report. Michael Pittman (ribs) and Ryan Torain (elbow) both participated fully during the week, while Andre Hall (ankle) and Selvin Young (groin) were limited.