Early on Wednesday morning, I dragged myself out of bed near my Dallas hotel and made my way up to Ft. Worth where ESPN has taken over Sundance Square. I spent part of my day up there milling around the ESPN Radio compound they have set up and meeting a few athletes.
The green room at ESPN Radio is a pretty cool place to be. A pair of the Gronkwoski brothers were hanging out. Larry Fitzgerald passed through as did Maurice Jones-Drew and Ndamukong Suh.
The first person of note we met was Lions DT Ndamukong Suh. We'll have a more detailed look at him but he's an interesting person to speak with. He plays like an enraged madman on Sundays but he's actually soft-spoken and very polite. As with most of these athletes down here, he was being shuffled from interview to interview but took a few minutes to talk about Super Bowl week, the Lions and his first year in the NFL. Asked about the rookie of the year award being issued on Friday, he of course gave credit to his teammates.
Another person we spoke with was Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald and I can confirm that he's the real deal. You hear that some athletes are legitimately nice guys and it ends up not being true. It's true with Larry Fitzgerald. He said he was jazzed about the offseason and doing all the preparation that comes during this time. Fitzgerald was hosting a chat on ESPN.com at the time I was there.
We also dipped into Colin Cowherd's show for a minute. The set-up is not as grand as you think it may be. It's a room with two long tables -- him and a producer -- and two laptops. That's it.
As with everyone else, the weather has affected ESPN's setup in Ft. Worth. While I was there, they were busy transforming a green room into the Mike & Mike show because of the snowy conditions. Considering I felt like I nearly froze walking one block, I can imagine hosting a four-hour show outdoors isn't the easiest thing in the world.