Broncos, Seahawks tackled by media at pre-Super Bowl event

Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:50pm EST
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By Scott Malone

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - A noisy marching band, costumed characters and a 9-year-old reporter were among hundreds of journalists and football fans that filled a Newark, New Jersey, arena on Tuesday for the media scrum that marks the kick-off of Super Bowl week.

Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks players and coaches fielded questions from how they would handle the frigid temperatures to what Winter Olympics sport they would play if they weren't in the NFL. For Seattle defensive lineman Michael Bennett it would be curling, he said.

Fans wanting to get near the elite athletes paid $28.50 to sit above the arena floor to watch the event unfold.

"This is the closest I'll get to the players, because I'm not going to the game," said Michael Kenney, 38, a police officer who lives in Brick, New Jersey, sporting an orange Broncos jersey. "I'm hoping to get some autographs."

Costumed superheroes and historical characters mingled with international media and NFL cheerleaders, as the Rutgers University band played "Eye of the Tiger."

Broncos head coach John Fox said he was confident they would get through the day and then re-focus on preparing for the game.

"Most of these guys have been exposed to working with the media," Fox said. "Maybe not quite in this volume, but these guys all follow the game, they have watched many media days and Super Bowls and I think it's a neat experience."

Among those firing off questions at Fox was a boy who had been chosen NFL Play 60 Super Kid in an online contest. He thrust a microphone at the coach and asked how quickly he should run the game ball out onto the field on Sunday night.   Continued...

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is surrounded by cameras during Media Day for Super Bowl XLVIII at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton