The history of Super Bowl media day

Ah, Super Bowl media day is upon us.  It’s become a clown show in recent years with way too many media credentials being given out.  I guess that’s the way it is in the age of TMZ and all of that.  Every year there is a gorgeous Spanish model masquerading around as a reporter (and this year was apparently not an exception).  The real stars of media day however have been and always will be the players.  Sometimes they say dumb things, sometimes they say emotional things.  Some guys two opponents get together in good fun.

In 1979 outspoken Cowboys linebacker Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson gave the media the first great, outlandish quote on a Super Bowl media day by saying of Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw “he couldn’t spell cat if you spotted him the c and the a.”  Bradshaw and the Steelers went on to win the game but even afterwards Henderson was defiant saying “I didn’t say that he couldn’t play, just that he couldn’t spell.”  Falcons cornerback Ray Buchanan and Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe took the trash talking to a whole new level in 1999 with the below back and forth on media day

Super Bowl media day in 2001 offered contrasting interviews from two stars with troubled pasts.  Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was involved in a stabbing in front of a club at last year’s Super Bowl and was found guilty of obstruction of justice in relation to the incident.  Lewis offered these ridiculous quotes on the matter on media day: “Yeah I got money. Yeah I’m black. Yeah I’m blessed, but at the same time let’s find out the real truth. The real truth is this was never about those two kids dead in the street, it’s about Ray Lewis. And that’s the same thing this is about and that’s not right.”  On the other side Giants starting QB Kerry Collins opened up with his past battles with alcoholism.  “The type of drinking I did was not every day, it wasn’t every other day. But when I drank, I didn’t stop. I never had just one beer. That wasn’t the way I drank. That loss of control was the main crux of my alcohol dependency.”  Collins felt a weight lifted off of his shoulders after spilling the beans on media day.  “I’m glad that it happened because it’s therapeutic for me in a sense. When you tell the truth, it frees you a little bit.”  Collins was crushed by the Ravens defense in the Super Bowl and Ray Lewis was named M.V.P. of the game.

Here is a clip involving some of the best, and worst, moments from Super Bowl Media day:


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