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Seahawks Wide Receiver Becomes CBS 2 News Reporter For A Day

Phil Bates Stalks Seattle's Top Offensive Players, Harasses Richard Sherman, Too
Super Bowl XLVIII

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — As the players get ready for Super Bowl XLVIII, it’s not all about practice.

On Wednesday, one of the Seattle Seahawks traded in his cleats for a microphone and for one day became a CBS 2 reporter.

Rookie wide receiver Phil Bates grabbed sports anchor Steve Overmyer’s mic and spent about 10 minutes interviewing his teammates up and down the roster. Among those he spoke with included one of the most productive players on the team – wide receiver and kick returner Doug Baldwin.

Bates: “We gotta know why you so angry?”

Baldwin: “Because every time I’m in the kitchen you’re in the kitchen. You’re eating up all the collard greens and there’s no milk, so you’re drinkin’ up all the water for the cereal.”

Bates also spoke to wide receiver Percy Harvin, who has been cleared to play in the Super Bowl after missing the NFC Championship game win over San Francisco due to a concussion.

Bates: “If it wasn’t football what would you be doing, brother?”

Harvin: “If I wasn’t playing football, my brother, I’d probably be a fisherman.”

What question-and-answer session would be complete without a comment or two from Richard Sherman. Bates did his due diligence, asking the Seahawks’ top defensive back what he’d be doing if he wasn’t playing football.

“That’s a very good question. If not football what would I do? I’d try to find you a better job. I’d try to find you a much better-fitting hat,” Sherman said.

Bates eventually signed off, saying “For CBS 2 News, I’m Phil Bates. We’re done here. We had a great time. Thank you. Super Bowl XLVIII, let’s do it.”

Bates and the Seahawks will take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for around 6:25 p.m.

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