Clemson and Alabama players and coaches spoke at College Football Playoff Media Day on Saturday morning at the Phoenix Convention Center, and the setting was anything but a typical media session.
Each team spoke for an hour, and entered the convention center to a highlight video and their fight song. Dozens of fans from both schools paid to sit in the stands and watch as media members from across the country took part in the free-for-all.
“It’s a very humbling experience just being around this, just having the opportunity to do these type of things,” Clemson safety Jayron Kearse said. “Everybody doesn’t get to do this. We watched Ohio State do this. We watched Oregon do this and things like that. Now that we got the opportunity, it’s a humbling experience.”
Four players from each team and each head coach were put on a podium to answer questions, while assistants and the remaining players were put on the field.
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Several players and coaches didn’t have time to take a break as they were constantly hounded – others found creative ways to pass the time, including playing paper football and interviewing each other.