2/7/23 by Claire Overton
The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee hosted the “Welcome to Super Bowl LVII press conference” just before noon. The speakers included David Rousseau, Board Chair of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, Peter O’Reilly, Executive Vice President of Club Business and League Events at the NFL, Jay Parry, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, Katie Hobbs, Governor of Arizona, Michael Bidwell, Owner and President of the Arizona Cardinals and lastly Larry Fitzgerald, arguably one of the best wide-receivers and an Executive Board Chair for the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee.
The speakers also recognized the four of the 22 Native American Tribes in Arizona. Gila River Indian Community Governor Stephen Roe Lewis is also a member of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee. Lewis appreciated that the NFL and host committee acknowledged how the stadium, State Farm Stadium, was built on tribal land.
Lewis said he is “proud of the 21 other tribes”. They have been collectively “working for so long to be heard, to be recognized, to be respectfully shown contributions of our history and to this great state of Arizona.”
With the conclusion of the press conference, media week officially started and all attention was turned towards Super Bowl LVII Opening Night.
The Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs were both in The Footprint Center, home of the Phoenix Suns and Mercury, for their media availability. Not only did the media occupy much of the floor, but fans from all teams packed the seats of the arena to hear what the players had to say.
First up was the Eagles. Media and fans heard from head coach Nick Sirianni and 10 players, Jason Kelce, Jalen Hurts, Jordan Mailata, and Hassan Reddick, just to name a few. The rest of the 53-man roster who weren’t assigned to a podium wandered around the floor available for media interviews.
The Chiefs then took over the floor. Media and fans heard from head coach Andy Reid and 10 of his players, Travis Kelce, Patrick Mahomes, Juju Smith-Schuster, and Orlando Brown, just to name a few. Like the Eagles, the rest of the team wandered around the floor.
Super Bowl Media Week has officially started and the rest of the week is already packed with events.