Ranking the NFL's 7 Most Entertaining Press-Conference Personalities
Press conferences are supposed to work like this:
Person of interest stands before the media.
Media members ask questions of that person of interest that they believe will draw a response to entertain and satisfy the curiosity of the public.
Person of interest listens to questions, contemplates his or her response, and gives an informative response—just what that media member was looking for.
The public then takes in that response, which has been relayed to them by the media member, and all are better-informed and satisfied.
What actually happens:
Person of interest stands before the media. Sometimes. If they want to.
Media member asks a question that 90 percent of the time is completely ridiculous and would elicit a response that is either off-topic or of no interest to the majority of the public.
Even during that other 10 percent, the person of interest gives a response that is still either off-topic or totally and completely without substance.
The public takes in the "information" (term used loosely) relayed by the media and is left dumbstruck, frustrated, angry, pis—
Uh, you get the point.
But still, some are entertaining in their own right for one reason or another, and some more so than others.
Which ones are entertaining? And why? Well, unlike the aforementioned generic person of interest, I plan on being informative and satisfying your curiosity.
7. Jerry Jones—Dallas Cowboys
Ask any gold miner what a "glory hole" is and he or she will tell you it's the focus of anyone mining gold. Without going into too much detail, it's basically a point in a mine where most of the gold can be found.
Now, there's a lot more to it than that, but for our purposes that's really all you need to know.
That had to be explained because odds are you read "glory hole" and thought of something completely different.
Actually, maybe you thought of it like hitting gold.
Either way, Jones clearly meant it the way a gold miner would use the phrase. Nonetheless, it's funny that A) he used the phrase at all, and B) was completely oblivious to its other meaning.
This is just the most recent in a long line of interesting press conferences involving the Dallas Cowboys' owner, and it surely will not be the last.
6. Bill Belichick—New England Patriots
While I'm sure the New England media does not find Coach Belichick very amusing, I find him beyond hilarious.
His dealings with the media are hysterical because he makes it quite obvious just how much he detests them and the fact that his job description entails dealing with them at all.
Honestly, I'm not sure why they even try anymore.
That being said, I hope they never stop trying. The dry quips don't ever get old.
5. Andy Reid—Philadelphia Eagles
I have had the experience of sitting through an Andy Reid press conference. And no, it wasn't any fun nor was it informative.
However, the fun part came after Reid stepped away from the podium.
The members of the Philadelphia media still shake their heads and complain to one another like 13-year old girls about the way Reid will not give them a straight answer. He dances around each and every question until they just get sick of asking.
Some hate Reid for that. Personally, I think it's wonderful.
You'll note in the video that even Reid was willing to make fun of his patented throat-clearing and his opening to the Q&A session: "Time's yours."
4. Randy Moss—San Francisco 49ers
Moss has not been particularly talkative over the past few years or so, but there are plenty of examples of him having fun with the press conference—impromptu or otherwise.
Moss has always had immense talent but has never really known how to handle it, even dating back to his college days. That immaturity mixed with, let's face it, a deserved cockiness has led to some interesting run-ins with the media.
But none will ever top Randy letting us know his monetary preference.
Straight cash, homey.
3. Chad Johnson—Free Agent
It's never been disputed he's one of the most entertaining people in front of a microphone and/or camera. He never fails to put on a show and that's why he always has air time if he wants it.
And even if he can't get a microphone or camera, there's always Twitter where he can interact constantly with his followers.
Over three million of them.
So think what you want of him, but if he has something to say, you know you're listening.
WARNING: The video contains language that's definitely NSFW. You've been warned.
2. Terrell Owens—Seattle Seahawks
What is there to say about T.O.?
Well, for starters, he makes Chad Johnson look shy. It's really not even worth re-hashing all of T.O.'s unforgettable moments with the press because odds are you're aware of them anyway.
Also, it would take three or four days to get through them all.
From crying over Tony Romo, to doing crunches in his driveway, to his refusal to answer questions alongside Drew Rosenhaus, T.O. always has been and always will be a double-edged sword for the media.
1. Rex Ryan—New York Jets
There is absolutely no one better in the spotlight than Rex Ryan.
The man is completely and brutally honest and is one of the very few who will actually be frank with the media. He has absolutely no issue speaking his mind, as is a common trait amongst the Ryan family.
Not only that, but he doesn't take himself too seriously and is constantly seen having fun with the media.
One thing the Hard Knocks season with the Jets showed us is that everything Ryan says and does is completely genuine. He is who he is, and if you don't like it, you're going to have a hard time convincing him to care.
Rex is clearly an extremely polarizing figure, and you can count me in as a fan for life. This is exactly the type of coach and type of personality I would want to run my football team.
Or, if I'm settling, just the type of guy I'd want to personally see behind the podium.