FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Some quick-hit thoughts from locker room access on Thursday (2:15-3:15 p.m.).
1. The Super Bowl media rush has arrived, and players weren't shy when it came to speaking to the large contingent of reporters in the locker room. Speaking at the podium in the media workroom were quarterback Tom Brady, cornerback Devin McCourty, and defensive lineman Vince Wilfork. Players drawing large media crowds in the locker room were running backs Kevin Faulk and BenJarvus Green-Ellis; wide receivers Wes Welker and Matthew Slater; offensive lineman Matt Light, defensive end Mark Anderson, linebacker Rob Ninkovich, and defensive backs Patrick Chung, James Ihedigbo, and Sterling Moore.
2. Offensive tackle Matt Light, who attended nearby Purdue University, has family around Indianapolis, but is donating two of his Super Bowl tickets to be raffled off by his charity, the Matt Light Foundation. "I live an hour-and-a-half away from Indy, so I probably have about two thousand people in my hometown who'd love to be there, who I think are family members, but I'm not sure," Light joked.
3. Defensive end Mark Anderson is among a small group of players with experience playing in a Super Bowl. Anderson said he is reminding those who have not been to the game to avoid distractions. "I just try to help out the best way I can, tell them about the different distractions and what the main focus is, especially to go out there and give our best performance, and try to get the victory," he said.
4. Running back Kevin Faulk emphasized that the Giants' victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII has no effect on the team's mindset heading into Super Bowl XLVI. "Nothing at all. Nothing at all. We can take more from the game we lost against them in the regular season than we can in the Super Bowl four years ago. It has no turnover at all." A reporter followed up asking if it had any emotional motivation. "Why?", Faulk responded. The reporter mentioned revenge, to which Faulk retorted "How? Four years ago? So we were out here for four years worrying about the New York Giants? Doesn't make any sense." Faulk, the elder statesman of the locker room, had a noticeable edge for his dealings with reporters on Thursday.