Giants vs. Patriots: 10 Players in Super Bowl XLVI You Cannot Wait to Interview

Jeff Shull@Jeff_ShullAnalyst IJanuary 30, 2012

Giants vs. Patriots: 10 Players in Super Bowl XLVI You Cannot Wait to Interview

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    As the two teams in Super Bowl XLVI—the New York Giants and the New England Patriots—make their way to Indianapolis this weekend, we can start getting excited for the craziness that is media week. 

    The last time these two teams met in the Super Bowl, we were treated with many great interviews. But none better than Plaxico Burress' guarantee and Tom Brady's laughable reaction to it. 

    So who are players you would most want to interview? Here is a list of five from each team that I believe will have the biggest crowd around. 

Osi Umenyiora

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    With all of the questions surrounding Osi Umenyiora and his contract situation, reporters will definitely be on hand to see how he feels about appearing in the Super Bowl. 

    For someone who did not want to be with the Giants this year, he is certainly being rewarded for sticking around. 

    The Giants are also being rewarded, as Umenyiora has 3.5 sacks in the post season and 5.5 since returning to the lineup in Week 17. 

Shaun Ellis

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    I wonder what the over/under is on how many questions Shaun Ellis gets through before someone mentions the Jets

    I bet it has to feel amazing to make the Super Bowl with the Jets most-hated rival after his former team  cast him aside. 

Justin Tuck

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    Justin Tuck is usually very politically correct when he steps in front of a microphone. But if you egg him on enough, you can get him to come around with a juicy nugget. 

    The Giants are a very confident team, and Tuck is one of the more confident players on that team. He said last week "a lot of people haven’t given us a shot, and we kind of like it that way."

    Reporters will be looking for comments like that during media week. 

Vince Wilfork

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    Isn't there something enticing about interviewing the biggest man at the Super Bowl? 

    In all seriousness, Vince Wilfork has been one of the Patriots best players this postseason and coming off one of the most dominant games by a defensive lineman in the playoffs I've ever seen. 

    He is the main reason we've seen somewhat of a transformation by this Patriots defense. 

Brandon Jacobs

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    The Giants have no shortage of guys with big mouths and Brandon Jacobs certainly is not an exception to that. 

    He has been a polarizing player for the Giants the past two years and many believe this could be his last game as a Giant. 

    There is no shortage of questions to ask Jacobs and you can be sure to see plenty of mics in front of him this week. 

Rob Gronkowski

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    Rob Gronkowski has not cultivated the media world with his words very much,

    But the questions surrounding his high ankle sprain are going to be suffocating. It is likely the biggest story going forward throughout media week in terms of injury news.

    Factoring in that Gronkowski is the Patriots best offensive skill player, getting an interview with him is going to be a high priority. 

Antrel Rolle

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    Antrel Rolle definitely dialed it back a bit leading up to the NFC Championship game against the 49ers, and has continued that by praising Tom Brady and the Patriots offense for most of last week.

    But you have to know Rolle is going to be surrounded by reporters this week. 

    On his weekly appearance on WFAN radio in New York during the season, Rolle continuously provided media and fans with controversial—and sometimes asinine—interviews. 

    He has never been the biggest Tom Coughlin supporter, but has seemingly converted now after Coughlin has yet again led his team on an improbable Super Bowl run. 

    Watch out for Rolle's mouth this week. 

Chad Ochocinco

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    Chad Ochocinco has not been the presence on the field the Patriots had hoped he would be, but that hasn't stopped him from captivating the world with his Twitter personality. 

    After some fan complained that Ochocinco had not responded to any of his tweets for two years, Ochocinco finally replied offering to take the man to the AFC Championship game. 

    Now that his team has made the Super Bowl, Ochocinco bought $28,000 worth of Dr. Dre head phones for every member traveling to New England. 

    This maybe just the tip of the iceberg with Ochocinco, so reporters will want to be on hand to find out his next news-worthy endeavor. 

Eli Manning

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    Eli Manning is definitely one of those players who will not look to create controversy—that is why it was so shocking to hear his comments prior to the season where he claimed to be an elite quarterback in Tom Brady's class. 

    Do not expect to hear anything like that from Eli during the week. But do expect him to be barraged with questions about those comments. 

Tom Brady

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    From his bad game in the AFC Championship, to him contacting his quarterback guru after the game, to the revenge factor his has in playing the New York Giants, there will be plenty to discuss with Tom Brady during media week. 

    Oh right, and there is the fact that he could tie Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for the most Super Bowl wins by a starting quarterback. 

    And he could do it in Peyton Manning's building.