A model, a leprechaun, a wrestling mask

Super Bowl

A dancing Miss Universe, a pumped-up leprechaun and an American footballer impersonating one of WWE’s masked superstars.

It can only be Super Bowl.

Originally an opportunity for reporters to interview players and coaches, ‘media day’ has morphed into a prime-time money-spinner in America.

And the build-up to Sunday’s NFL showpiece in San Jose between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers started in surreal style…

Spotlight on the quarterbacks

Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton made a fashion statement as he stepped off the plane

“It’s all in preparation, folks,” Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton told a crowd of reporters at Monday’s event.

Tipped as the new ‘face’ of the NFL, Newton added: “My father taught me proper preparation prevents poor performances. Those are the words that I live by, especially in big moments.”

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning pulled in the crowds

All lenses and microphones pointed to Peyton Manning when the Denver Broncos quarterback arrived.

Rumours have been circulating about the possibility of the five-time most valuable player retiring, but he remained coy on his future during interviews in San Jose.

“I haven’t made up my mind, but I don’t see myself knowing that until after the season,” said the 39-year-old, who will be the oldest quarterback to play in a Super Bowl.

“Whatever cliche you want to use, I kind of stay in the moment and focus on the task at hand and just deal with this week. That’s what I’ve done all season.”

Be like Rey

Panthers centre Fernando Velasco rocked up with his best wrestling face on…
…before team-mate Josh Norman nabbed the Rey Mysterio mask for his media duties

Dancing queens and dancing leprechauns

The Panthers seemed impressed with Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach’s ability to dance in heels and a crown
Wurtzbach interviewed TV presenter Jeff Sutphen, who wore his best gold lame for the occasion
Broncos fan Rocky the Leprechaun made the journey from Colorado to San Francisco hoping to be the team’s lucky charm

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