Super Bowl Week has officially kicked off as the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots descended upon Minneapolis, Minnesota, in advance of Sunday’s big game for Opening Night, otherwise known as Media Day.
The Patriots met the media first. Highlights included: Tom Brady addressing comments about his five-year old daughter, Josh McDaniels playing coy about his future, the media challenging Bill Belichick to smile, and Rocky talk.
The Eagles, who are appearing in their first Super Bowl since #, followed the Patriots. Highlights included: Fletcher Cox on how to beat the Patriots, Doug Pederson embracing the underdog role, and Carson Wentz using missing this Super Bowl as motivation to get back there…healthy.
NFL.com also compiled the funniest (and weirdest) moments from Opening Night 2018. Because, you know, it’s media day where hilarity and weirdness ensue.
- “I think that’s a silly comparison.” –Patriots left tackle Nate Solder on the Eagles comparing this game to Rocky v. Ivan Drago in Rocky IV.
- “It’ll give me an edge to want to be back, without a doubt.” –Eagles QB Carson Wentz on not playing in Super Bowl LII.
- “I just think any parent is really protective of their kids, and I’ve never stayed away from criticism. I understand that criticism is part of sports, but I certainly don’t think that my children, or any other children, deserve to be in that. So that’s how I felt.” –Patriots QB Tom Brady on protecting his daughter.
- “No, I did not imagine I would be the starter in the Super Bowl when the season started. When you’re playing behind Carson Wentz, you’re playing behind Carson Wentz. He’s one of the best in the NFL. He’s got an extremely bright future. I can’t wait to see what he does in his future. … He’s going to have a great career and his time will come.” –Eagles QB Nick Foles on starting in Super Bowl LII.
- “Sometimes I think failure is the best teacher. You try to do it better as you move forward. I still learn to this day. I’m nowhere near a finished product as a coach myself.” –Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on the value of fear.
- “We’ve been the underdogs. I think that’s the mentality of our football team. I think that’s the mentality of our city, and I’m okay with that, I’m fine that. I’ve been an underdog my whole career, my whole life. Everything I’ve done, I either haven’t been good enough or something negative has been written or said, and I just blow it off. I have confidence in these guys and this team.” –Eagles head coach Doug Pederson on embracing their underdog role.
- “You gotta play 60 minutes against that guy (Tom Brady.)” –Eagles DT Fletcher Cox on how to win.
- “As expected, NFL fans love their teams. Obviously Minnesota isn’t over last week. But hopefully they’ll kind of change heart and root for us next week.” –Eagles TE Zach Ertz on Vikings fans booing during Opening Night.
- “Man, I have no idea. … Navy. Lacrosse. Lawrence Taylor. Bon Jovi. Those four.” –Patriots QB Tom Brady on how to get Bill Belichick to smile.
Super Bowl LII takes place on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on NBC.