NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Scenes and observations from the NFL’s annual Super Bowl media day _ interviews with players and team personnel from the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers on the field at the Superdome:
Terrell Suggs stood up, threw down his microphone, kicked over his chair with a back heel as he stepped down from his podium, and then kicked over a cooler.
Onlookers laughed, satisfied that the Baltimore Ravens‘ mischievous linebacker had properly punctuated the frenetic, free-for-all known as Super Bowl media day.
Suggs plays a central role in one of the more intimidating defenses in the NFL, and at least some of the conversation involved football, and what it would take to slow down San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick in Sunday’s NFL championship game.
But media day is never just about football, not even when the players are interviewing each other.
Posing as a reporter, defensive end Arthur Jones asked Suggs which staple of Louisiana cuisine he preferred, gumbo or jambalaya.
“That’s a good question, and I’m glad you asked that, Arthur,” Suggs said. “Definitely gumbo.”
Suggs also was asked if he is the best dancer in the locker room: “No way. `Be Nasty,’ (safety) Bernard Pollard _ he’s definitely the best dancer. And I think if we get this done come Sunday, you all will get to see a good dose of it.”
And maybe even get a song from Suggs. He wasn’t shy about serenading everyone with a rendition of Meatloaf’s “I Would Do Anything For Love,” moments after he took his seat behind the microphone.
Katherine Webb credits a couple of camera shots of her watching the BCS national title game in Miami with landing her at the Super Bowl in New Orleans.
“It’s so exciting and absolutely crazy at the same time. It’s happened so fast. I feel like I’m living on a plane but it’s a great journey,” said Webb, who was making her first trip to New Orleans for her first Super Bowl.
The 23-year-old Webb has been working on a fledgling modeling and acting career in Los Angeles.