February 4th, 2015
Read Jake's report from the Patriots media day.Now that I had a better understanding of how Media Day worked, I wanted to get off to a good start with the Seahawks. In the first 10 minutes of the Seahawks' Media Day session, I got questions into KJ Wright and Jermaine Kearse. I made my way to Marshawn Lynch's podium. Unfortunately, I missed him by about 3 minutes. Marshawn was gone. All of the players who don't have podiums walk around the arena floor. I spotted John Ryan who is the Seahawks punter who threw a touchdown pass in the NFC Championship game against the Packers. I asked him how long he thought the ball hung in the air on that play. He replied, "Everything in football happens so fast but when I threw that pass it felt like the ball was in the air for a very long time."
I made my way over to one of the most crowded podiums of the day, Russell Wilson. Joining him on the main podiums were Pete Carroll, Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, and Kam Chancellor. As I had seen earlier, there were no holes to Russell Wilson's podium. Luckily, Brett Keisel spotted me. He helped me push my way to the front of the podium. With the clock ticking, Marshall Faulk from the NFL Network came over to Russell Wilson to do what seemed like a long interview. Then, backup running back Christine Michael was with a Spanish TV station and had their host salsa dance with all the Seahawks players including Russell Wilson while I was standing there. I asked Wilson what advice he had for the younger players. To which he replied, "I told them to have fun with it. But at the same time when you get between the lines on the field you have to be in tune with the situation."
Time was running out and I still had questions for some big names. I saw Pete Carroll with a crowd around his podium. I found my way to the front of his podium. I asked him what he was doing to prepare his team and he told me, "This is harder than it sounds with all of the attention to the Super Bowl, but we are just trying to keep the same routine we have been having all year long. As I said earlier, it's much harder than it sounds." I still had 10 minutes left and I wanted to take a crack at Richard Sherman. I got to the front with about 5 minutes left in his session. There was a minute to go and I didn't want a repeat of what happened with Tom Brady so I bee-lined to Offensive Lineman Russell Okung's empty podium. I got my question in just as time expired. I asked him the same question as Russell Wilson about advice to young players. Okung said, " I tell them this is the same game you have been playing your whole life. The field doesn't get any bigger. Just keep preparing the way you have all season. It's just a football game." As he said that we heard over the loud speaker, "That's the end of Media Day. Thanks for coming."
As I was walking out I got a quick picture with Cliff Avirl and thanked Brett Keisel for his help. One of the biggest things I noticed throughout the day was the energy in the building when each team had its session. The Seahawks fans were much louder and the players had cameras and GoPros. The Patriots fans were not that loud and the players were all business with no cameras.
In all, it was an amazing day in my life.