The Super Bowl parties were back on, the Los Angeles streets were flooded with cars, radio row was (mostly) hopping. This felt like a close-enough return to the traditional Super Bowl flair, minus too many Zoom calls between media and players.
Access wasn't always great, but the normalcy of the big-game week allowed us to comb the landscape looking for NFL intel. We worked the phones and met the people behind the scenes so you didn't have to.
With quarterback changes happening around the league and two intriguing Super Bowl teams in the Rams and Bengals, there was plenty of fodder, including about two of the Rams' biggest stars, the latest on Deshaun Watson, a prediction about Aaron Rodgers and a few coaching nuggets.
Here's what we overheard during Super Bowl LVI week:
Will a new contract solve Aaron Donald's retirement consideration?
The news about Donald's potential retirement -- as delivered by NBC Sports' Rodney Harrison in the pregame broadcast -- wasn't a complete surprise.