It’s hard to believe there was ever a time when the Super Bowl was just a football game between two teams. Now, it’s a multi-million dollar spectacle that stretches out over two weeks of extravagant fanfare, including the infamous Media Day. Media Day started out as a way for reporters to chat with players about the big game but has since grown into a beast of its own.
Super Bowl Media Day is nothing short of a circus of entertainment that includes celebrities, fans, reporters and actual athletes. It has very little to do with actual football. Sure, every now and then a player may actually talk about the game, but more likely than not it’s everything in between.
In our digital-first world, what was once the secure purview of traditional newspapers and TV, is now open to basically anyone who can prove they’ve got a significant online following. But, that wasn’t always the case. We dug through some of the archives to take a look at how Super Bowl Media Day has evolved.
A visual history of Super Bowl Media Day.