Super Bowl Media Day from a Kids' View
Players and coaches meet reporters before Super Sunday
Of all the events surrounding the Super Bowl, one of the most talked about and entertaining is Media Day. Media Day gives reporters from all over the world a chance to talk to players and coaches from the two Super Bowl teams.
Super Bowl XLVI (46) Media Day was Tuesday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is where the New England Patriots and New York Giants will meet on Sunday to play for the National Football League (NFL) championship.
But before they meet each other on the field, they had to meet the press. Thousands of media members gathered on the field to talk to the Patriots and Giants about the big game.
For some players, this is their first Super Bowl and they could get overwhelmed. But others have a little more experience and have helped their younger teammates.
Patriots running back Kevin Faulk was part of the team that played the Giants in Super Bowl XLII (42). He helped prepare the younger players for what to expect — in the Super Bowl and on Media Day.
"Just let them understand that we are here to play the football game," Faulk said. "All the other distraction is for everyone else. We'll be able to take care of that after the game is over. We are here for the game."
Media Day isn't the only distraction for many of these players and coaches. History and records are also on the line.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is trying to become the second head coach in NFL history to win four Super Bowl championships. The only other coach to do that is former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is trying to win his fourth championship, too. If he does, he will be the third quarterback to do that. The other two are former Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana.
Coach Tom Coughlin of the Giants could make Giants team history. If he were to win this Super Bowl, he would tie former Giants head coach Bill Parcells' record of two Super Bowl victories with the Giants.
Coughlin said that it would mean a lot to him and to the city of New York.
"I would feel great for the New York Giants and for our team," Coughlin said. "And that is what this is really about, is the Giants organization, professional football, the opportunity to play in the greatest game of all, the Super Bowl. And I would be very, very proud to be part of it."
A SUPER HOMECOMING
Several players on both the Patriots and Giants are from or played college football in Indiana. Being a part of Super Bowl XLVI is like a homecoming for them.
Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka played football at Indianapolis Cathedral High School. Kiwanuka was injured and unable to play in Super Bowl XLII so he's glad to have a second chance, especially in his hometown.
"It's awesome. I mean, it is like a dream come true," Kiwanuka said. "Because you work as hard as you can to get to this level and when you are hurt it is hard to feel like you are a part of it. But being able to come back and have a second chance, it's fun."
Playing in Indianapolis is a different kind of experience for Giants quarterback Eli Manning. His brother Peyton is the quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, and Super Bowl XLVI is taking place on Peyton's home field.
"Indianapolis is a great town," Eli Manning said. "I've watched [Peyton's] games in this stadium. I think the most important thing is that we are playing for a championship. We are going to try to get a win. It would be special to do it here in Indianapolis."
Super Bowl XLVI will be played on Sunday, February 5. Kick-off is at 6:30. You can watch all the action on NBC.
Super Bowl players and coaches weren't the only ones at Media Day. Check out Kid Reporter Grace Ybarra's post on the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps Blog for more on the crazy personalities that showed up at Lucas Oil Stadium!
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