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Former Utah star Zane Beadles takes Super Bowl Media Day by storm

Forget that you probably didn’t know who Zane Beadles was before he danced a bit like Fred Astaire on Ellen -- or that he even played football for the Denver Broncos who were going to Super Bowl XLVIII. Or that he gave the quote of the century at Super Bowl Media Day in Newark, N.J. on Tuesday, January 28.

Denver Broncos offensive lineman Zane Beadles of Utah high fives fans after winning the AFC Championship Game.
Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

“I feel like a farm animal,“ Beadles said to a group of assembled reporters who yes, had kind of been herded into separate pens, or interview areas, like cattle.

In the former Utes’ star’s case, at least he wasn’t being led to his media-induced slaughter outside -- where the Super Bowl is being played at MetLife Stadium a few miles away.

Nope, in Beadles case this Media Day was held indoors, at the Prudential Center in glorious downtown Newark, which, if you’ve never been, is probably a very good thing. It was also a good thing because MetLife Stadium at that very moment resembled a frozen tundra from which workers frantically tried to remove 15 inches of snow -- that accumulated overnight.

Not only was there no snow inside, but Lil Terrio, a 6-year-old boy, turned what is usually a boring event into a show to do, actually stealing it from the football players by dancing with Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders --something even Beadles didn't attempt. (Maybe it was in the former Ute's contract not to.)

Let's face it; the half-pint dance machine probably could have done without his Miami Heat hat. But, he was every bit as entertaining as Beadles and added to the gasoline the former Ute had already poured on the proverbial fire leading up to the Super Bowl.

You can bet you know Beadles now after he's done his thang on a nationally syndicated talk show, while promoting his charity which helps pediatric cancer patients in the Denver area. In return, host Ellen DeGeneres and a sponsor donated $10,000 to his charity.

Not bad for a day's work, and Beadles has not only become the face of the Broncos at Media Day (sorry, Peyton Manning, but you didn’t dance like your O-lineman) he’s become a new media face in America.

In this day and age when so much is said and written about athletes who rain dollar bills on strippers, use weapons to hurt and even kill people and abuse drugs and power, it’s nice to see someone like Beadles get a spotlight.

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