Super Bowl: Where everyone wants something for nothing

Super Bowl: Where everyone wants something for nothing
January 30, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Super Bowl Media Day was the first place for players and media to meet formally, and it was chaos. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Taking his time to sign autographs at the Ravens hotel at the Super Bowl, a man walks up out of the blue and makes a request for Ravens linebacker Albert McClellan.

‘”Hey, can I have your game-day helmet?’” the man told McClellan, who was perplexed.

“I guess he thought I carried it to the hotel with me,” McClellan said. “And I don’t it even think he was a Ravens fan. It was just somebody out there asking. I guess they assumed I had it in my room or something.”

That's the Super Bowl, where anything goes and there's no such thing as a stupid question -- from media or fans desperate for a piece of the action.

Of course, the most common request as players walk around town, "You got any extra tickets?"

Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe was bombarded with demands. 

“Everybody wants Ray Lewis jerseys. Everybody wants Ray Lewis to sign something,” he said. “Everybody thinks they can come to the Super Bowl and they want me to pay for everything. Front the whole trip. Food, new clothes, everything.”

Ellerbe has 15 guests. Players get two tickets for free courtesy of the league. The rest they have to buy at face value. No exceptions.

A high school classmate of Jameel McClain contacted him online. McClain was dumbfounded. 

“We were in a class. We didn't really talk,” McClain said of the Facebook message. “He requested five Super Bowl tickets so he could go with the family. Five. As in tickets. He was dead serious.”

What did McClain write back? “LOL.”

Anthony Allen, exclusively a special-teams player, had to gather himself in the middle of his tale about a family member who apparently doesn't pay close attention to football.

“It's crazy for me but, somebody told me, ‘If you get the MVP trophy, you got to let me touch that,’” Allen said, who has just 16 carries for 61 yards in 19 games this season. “What am I going to do, get three fumble recoveries on special teams and return them all for touchdowns?”

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