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Super Bowl Scoop

Kid Reporter gets the star treatment from a New York Giants pro

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New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress speaks to Scholastic Kid Reporter Brock Domann during media day at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on January 29, 2008. (Photo: UPI/Roger L Wollenberg)
New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress speaks to Scholastic Kid Reporter Brock Domann during media day at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on January 29, 2008. (Photo: UPI/Roger L Wollenberg)

By Scholastic Kid Reporter Brock Domann

On the Tuesday before Super Bowl XLII (42), the NFL (National Football League) hosted a media day, where players from both the New York Giants and New England Patriots were on hand for reporters to ask them questions. Media day was held at the University of Phoenix Stadium, the home turf of the Arizona Cardinals and site of Super Bowl XLII.

Along with an estimated 4,500 other television, radio, newspaper, and internet reporters, I worked to find out something new about pro football's best players. I interviewed 21 of them, and here are a couple of my favorites:

I stood in a large crowd waiting to talk to Giants Quarterback Eli Manning. When he finally gave me the ok to ask my question I said, "When Peyton and you were kids and played football in the backyard, who was the quarterback, since both of you are now playing that position?" Eli replied, "Peyton is five years older. He would bring over some of his friends and I would play permanent center and he played QB. Sometimes I got to go out and get a pass. If I caught it, I was the hero. If I didn't, I wouldn't get to go out for a pass the rest of the game."

Giants star wide receiver Plaxico Burress was kind enough to and bend down from the podium for my question. "What advice would you give a young kid like me who wants to play in the NFL?" I said.

Plaxico invited me onto the podium and he shared, "Just play your game, do your best, and have fun, and you'll be surprised at what accomplishments you'll make in your career." He let me stay up on the podium for a while to see what it was like to be in front of lots of media asking you lots of questions.

When I was on the podium with Plaxico, I was both excited and nervous. Everybody was staring at me and taking my picture, and I felt like I was a famous NFL player. I also realized that these big NFL football players are real nice people just like us.It was a fun experience interviewing the Patriots and Giants. I also have more respect for NFL athletes who are always being asked questions by the media. And, I also came to understand how challenging and competitive it can be for reporters to get all their questions asked.

After interviewing both teams, I predict that the Giants will win Super Bowl XLII because Eli Manning, Plaxico Burress and rookie Ahmad Bradshaw will team together to score lots of touchdowns! Tune in on Sunday to find out who wins!

More Pre-game Action from the Super Bowl

Scholastic Kid Reporter Brock, along with fellow reporters brother JoJo and sister Rylee, spent the week filing reports from the pre-game activities leading up to Super Bowl XLII. See JoJo's report on how Patriots and Giants players tell Kid Reporter how they got their start here.

Stay tuned for more stories on NFL Experience, an interactive game-fest with NFL players, and on how the players give back to the community by tutoring at a very special school.

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