NEW ORLEANS — Wandering the Superdome turf on Super Bowl Media Day is an interesting spectacle in itself.
Thousands of reporters from all around the world spend two hours asking mostly silly and irrelevant questions - some even in costumes. But despite its name, Media Day isn't entirely about the reporters - each player has their own story and journey to Super Bowl XLVII. Both the Ravens and the 49ers have a few guys whose path took them right though Louisiana to get here.
For a pair of 49ers, Ricky Jean Francois and Curtis Taylor, they know the place known as the Superdome pretty well.
“Every time I came here, I had my family with me,” said Francois. “Now, it’s the 49ers. Once upon a time, it was LSU. I always have a great time in this stadium.”
Former LSU Tiger Taylor agreed, “When I got off the plane, I starting getting chill bumps. It’s great to have this opportunity in your home state, so I am happy.
The two Tigers won a national championship in the same stadium just a few years back and believe a pro title would be just as nice.
Across the field on Sunday, there are players for the Ravens who are returning to the city they grew up in.
"Louisiana just has so many athletes,” stated Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones. “We are just a bunch of Louisi-Animals!"
"Louisiana and New Orleans are just good at hosting, and that's why the Super Bowl comes here,” said defensive back Ed Reed.
For these guys with Louisiana ties, it's all about completing what would be a storybook ending to an already super season.