Highlights from Super Bowl Media Day
It’s the tale of two NFL players: one who gladly embraces the spotlight, while the other can’t wait to get away from reporters.
On Tuesday, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos players gathered for Media Day at New Jersey’s Prudential Center–a chance for reporters to drill the athletes before Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who was recently under fire for a post-game interview and widely referred to as a thug afterward, encouraged journalists to ask him questions.
He addressed concerns that people think he is a “loudmouth,” which he said is a “big misconception.”
He even discussed the thug accusations:
“There was this picture of me, but no background information, and people passed judgment,” Sherman said about the “thug” incident. “Now, there’s a discussion happening because people realize they were stereotyping people like me. We’re trying to break those walls down.”
As for that now-infamous post-game interview, Sherman said his only regret is that it took attention away from his teammates: “All these cameras should go to my teammates,” he told reporters. “I have the best teammates in the world.”
Seattle’s running back Marshawn Lynch, however, wasn’t as forthcoming. Yes, he showed up to Media Day, but he only stayed for about 6 1/2 minutes.
This isn’t Lynch’s first time avoiding journalists.
He was recently fined $50,000 for failing to cooperate with Seattle media, but the fine was placed on hold and would be rescinded if Lynch fulfilled his media obligations leading up to the Super Bowl, according to the Associated Press.
“I’m just about that action, boss,” Lynch told reporters.
Oh, and did we mention Lil Terio danced with NFL cheerleaders at Media Day? Yup, that happened, too. All together now: “OOOOO, kill ’em.”
The Seattle Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos this Sunday, February 2. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET on FOX.