The San Francisco 49ers are headed to the Super Bowl, which changes everything. There were at least 15 expensive cameras trained on Greg Roman during today’s press conference, over double the normal amount. The 49ers’ facility is packed with not just the normal beat guys, but reporters from ESPN, NFL Network and other national outlets. Colin Kaepernick’s interview, which took place in the center of the locker room, was so crowded that after a couple minutes I just gave up even trying to get a good view of what was going on, let alone ask a question.
After the players headed to their pre-practice meetings, everyone went to the media trailer. About 10 minutes later, 15 pizzas arrived courtesy of Kaepernick. One of the boxes read: “THANK YOU ALL FROM ‘KAEP’ + XAM SPORTS,” his agency.
And yes, I had one slice of pepperoni. How could I not? Even though the trailer was more crowded than ever before, the 49ers’ QB sent too much pizza to go around. Just don’t tell Larry Krueger that I partook in the feast. He and Gary might do a whole hour on it tomorrow.
For the man who scored a 37 on the Wonderlic and was known for acing tests and sitting in the front of the class in high school, this gesture of goodwill toward the people who cover him may be his smartest move yet. This might cause the media to stop grumbling about the short answers Kaepernick provides during press conferences for quite some time (or until we get hungry again).