Our Pete Sweeney was there for the entire session:
It was a spectacle. The teams each had a bit over an hour with the media, entering Marlins Park to majestic music as if they were an Olympic team marching into the opening ceremonies — which is probably exactly the image the NFL was trying to project:
In their matching uniforms, players held their cell phone cameras high
Then individual players and coaches adjourned to booths that had been set up for them, where they answered questions from knots of reporters gathered before them.
Tyreek Hill imitated Patrick Mahomes in the huddle
Tyreek Hill says he always laughs when Patrick Mahomes comes to the huddle because he sounds like Kermit the Frog.pic.twitter.com/tS00l4SKVW— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) January 28, 2020
In their answers, players from both teams appeared to be working hard to show nothing but respect for for the other team. No bulletin board material allowed, men!
Reporters asked the Chiefs a lot of questions about 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman.
Hill called Richard Sherman “the greatest of all time”
Tyreek Hill goes out of his way to call Richard Sherman a , thanks him for locking down opposing receivers and says he can’t wait for the Super Bowl matchup with 25. What do you call the opposite of bulletin board material? pic.twitter.com/arhYTtituV— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) January 28, 2020
Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu also wanted to grab a seat on the Sherman Respect Train.
Tyrann Mathieu respects Richard Sherman — and vice-versa
As did Chiefs head coach Andy Reid:
Andy Reid gives high praise to an opposing DB: “Nobody reads routes better than Richard Sherman.”— Nick Shook (@TheNickShook) January 28, 2020
But if you really want to see a lot of respect being thrown around, the best thing to do is to put two guys who are considered the league’s best — 49ers tight end George Kittle and Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce — side by side.
George Kittle and Travis Kelce formed a mutual admiration society
Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark held forth while wearing some killer sunglasses.
Frank Clark said he would be “past sizzling” by game time
Reporters are always interested in speed, so Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman — without a booth of his own — drew some one-on-one attention.
Mecole Hardman proposed a race with Tyreek Hill
Who’s faster: Tyreek Hill or Mecole Hardman? The Chiefs rookie says they have to race to find out once and for all. pic.twitter.com/i9ePrjv2jz— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) January 28, 2020
Media types also love to know about attire. You just had to know Andy Reid would get some questions about Hawaiian shirts.
Andy Reid rocked it with a fantastic Hawaiian shirt
Tonight Andy Reid is wearing his Hawaiian attire. Several of the Chiefs players wore Hawaiian shirts on the plane to Miami on Sunday. " it was great. I appreciate the guys. They are a good bunch. We're lucky to have them in Kansas City." pic.twitter.com/jtzED8nvGX— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) January 28, 2020
Enterprising Kansas City television reporters without their videographers just had to do the best they could.KSHB’s Mick Shaffer ended up having a conversation with Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller about the length of his hair.
Kendall Fuller on whether his hair — or Patrick Mahomes’ — is longer
We’ll call this “My photographer is with Patrick Mahomes Episode I”. pic.twitter.com/uUdUS17DEP— Mick Shaffer (@mickshaffer) January 28, 2020
It’s the Super Bowl, so any information about wardrobe malfunctions is exactly on point, right? Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones drew a question from the Kansas City Star’s Sam McDowell.
Chris Jones said he “killed” the wardrobe malfunction
On his combine wardrobe malfunction from years earlier, Chris Jones said tonight, "I killed the moment. I gotta say, man, whatever you do, do it balls out."— Sam McDowell (@SamMcDowell11) January 28, 2020
No one would dream about throwing a flag on any question to 49ers defensive end Dee Ford about a certain offsides penalty.
Yes, Dee Ford is tired of questions about the offsides penalty
Kansas City Star reporter Vahe Gregorian — clever as always — gets credit for calling it “That Play.”
Dee Ford compartmentalized That Play
Asked 49ers' Dee Ford if he had to find a compartment to put That Play behind him: “It’s in the compartment of other bad plays that you wish you had back, know what I mean? At the end of the day ... I got over it, and I had to get back to work. That’s all I could do.”— Vahe Gregorian (@vgregorian) January 28, 2020
And finally... it’s Sports Reporting 101: when you have a captive audience, make the most of the opportunity. Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman was... uhhh... subjected to a card trick.