MIAMI — Jonathan Goodwin couldn't take his eyes off the scene.
From his seat, about 35 rows from the field where his New Orleans Saints will play Indianapolis on Sunday night in the Super Bowl, Goodwin was mesmerized by what 14 workers down on the turf were doing.
Spray guns in hand, they were painting the golden trim on his team's logo, the famed fleur-de-lis, in the corner of an end zone.
Who'd have ever thought that was going to happen?
"It's ... it's ... I'm just happy for the city and happy for the whole organization," the Saints' center said Tuesday at Super Bowl media day, needing a moment to find exactly the right words and still with both eyes locked on the paint crew. "It's amazing how the fans are. They've really bonded with the team and I've never had so many people tell me that us winning games touches their lives."
He's a big, strong man, and a Pro Bowler this season.
But there was no mistaking that he was moved emotionally by it all, either.
Media day is always packed and often silly, and having it indoors for the first time may have added another layer to the spectacle. The sessions for each team were shifted because of Monday's rain and the threat of more wet weather.
As a result, most players from the Saints and Colts were set up on the club level of the Miami Dolphins' home stadium, while a few commandeered spots in the stands for their interview sessions.
Goodwin said he thrilled to get one of the outdoor spots, especially on a sunny day. He was taking in all the sights for the full allotted hour.
"After today, we have to get our mind back and treat this like a normal week," Goodwin said. "There's definitely a lot going on, but we're here to win the game. We're not here to celebrate."
Maybe it was a coincidence, but when the painters were gone and the fleur-de-lis was complete, Goodwin quickly departed as well.BIENVENIDO, SUPER BOWL: Indianapolis receiver Austin Collie spent two years on a mission in Argentina before becoming a standout receiver at BYU, and of course, he picked up Spanish pretty well during his time around Buenos Aires.
In South Florida, where the Latin influence is everywhere, he got to show off those language skills.
Once Spanish-language reporters at Tuesday's media day figured out that he was bilingual, Collie became an even bigger hit, speaking fluently with those outlets for several minutes — even though they had to prod him along a couple of times for the right word.
How often does he get to use Spanish in Indianapolis?
"Never," Collie said.
Collie was off the football grid from January 2005 through January 2007, not knowing much of anything that was going on back home on the sports front.
Oddly, he came back to the U.S. just in time to see the Colts win the Super Bowl in Miami three years ago. And now, he's with them.
"I missed seeing the 2005 and 2006 Super Bowls, but was back in time to see the Colts win over the Bears," Collie said.
MEDIA DAY SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Longtime NFL linebacker Junior Seau was among the estimated 2,000 media members asking questions of the Saints and Colts on Tuesday. ... The Saints' Marques Colston talked around answering a question on who his favorite Kardashian sister is. Kim Kardashian is the longtime girlfriend of Saints' running back Reggie Bush. ... Colts TE Tom Santi, who is on injured reserve, attracted some attention Tuesday because the letters of his last name, when rearranged, spell "Saint." Said Santi: "Yeah, I have heard that a lot today. A lot." Not so obvious is this factoid, however: Santi was born in New Orleans.