The Kansas City Chiefs held a virtual media conference for Super Bowl LV Opening Night on Monday. The experience was unusual for the players, coaches, and reporters, who are still adjusting to Zoom calls taking the place of in person interviews. QB Pat Mahomes commented, “It’s very different sitting in an empty room, not even in the city of the Super Bowl.” The Chiefs plan to fly in to Tampa this weekend, delaying their flight as long as possible due to the pandemic.
The Chiefs are facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are the first Super Bowl team to play at its home stadium. Pat Mahomes was asked about the conversation he had with QB Tom Brady after the 2018 AFC Championship game, when the Chiefs lost to Tom’s former team, the New England Patriots. Mahomes answered, “It was important for me, as it showed that I was doing things the right way. As a young quarterback, I put in the work. That’s the type of person I was, to go in and do better to get to the Super Bowl, which I did.”
The Chiefs are looking to repeat as champions for the first time since the Patriots in 2004 and 2005. As WR Tyreek Hill told reporters, “Never get comfortable. I want more. I’ve tasted a little bit of success, but I want more. I feel like I’m not there yet.”
Coach Andy Reid faced Tom Brady in a Super Bowl sixteen years ago. When asked about the changes he’s seen in the Bucs’ Quarterback, Reid said, “I don’t see much difference. He’s done a great job of keeping himself ‘football young.’ His football arm and will to win is still the same.
TE Travis Kelce was asked his thoughts about Rob Gronkowski, and what he’s learned from the Bucs’ TIght End. According to Kelce, “It’s great to see what he’s been able to go through. I’m happy for him and what he’s been able to do. Whatever he does, he wins. I’ve taken a lot from Gronk. Not all of us are blessed with his size and speed. He has tempo in his routes, which creates confusion in defenders, and allows him to go up and get his big paws on the ball. I’ve never beat Gronkowski and Tom Brady in a playoff situation. The rivalry has fueled me to be more accountable to my teammates.”
S Tyrann Mathieu responded to words of praise from Tom Brady, whom Mathieu called “the greatest player of all time.” “I’ve always been a fan of him, but once we step on the field, it’s all about making the most of the opportunity.” As Tyreek Hill added, “It’s gonna be a fun challenge. Some of us liked watching Tom Brady on TV in those earlier Super Bowls. It’s gonna be an amazing game!”
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