Tonight Show's Ross Matthews is at the Super Bowl again this year
by ELWYN HENDERSON
elwynh@juno.com
Feb 02, 2011 | 1687 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ROSS MATTHEWS
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Ross Matthews, also known as “Ross the Intern” from the Tonight Show with Jay Leno has built a reputation over the last three Super Bowls of being able to provide some comic relief to players from the participating teams in the big game, and also to Tonight Show fans who watch his reports when he heads back to Southern California each year.

I had an opportunity to talk to Ross one-to-one about how he worked his way into a continuing appearance on the show during Super Bowl LXV Media Day Tuesday at Cowboys Stadium.

“I was an intern back in 2001 and I just always wanted to be on television and one day they just said ‘Hey, he’s funny, we’ll put him on there.’ I love covering football, because as much as I love covering the Oscars and all that stuff, I’m a huge football fan. I grew up watching football with my dad, so coming to the Super Bowl is like, you know, you dream of it as a little kid, so I get to come and I get to meet the players and it’s just the coolest! Plus, nobody thinks I’m going to be a football fan, so it’s fun to surprise them.”

When asked who he was pulling for this year, he had an unbiased answer. “Listen, I’m a journalist. I don’t want to say who I’m for until after I’ve talked to everyone because sometimes I change my mind because sometimes players can be really nice or not so nice, so I really weigh the factors. I’m from Seattle, so I’m a Seahawks fan.”

We asked what his thoughts were about Seattle winning their division this season, and just like any true blue loyal fan, his answer was predictable. “Listen, we won a playoff game this season, so I’ll take it.”

For NFL fans wanting to watch Ross’s segment from Media Day this year, he told us that Jay Leno will be airing it this Friday night, February 5th. Be sure not to miss it. Having seen many of his bits over the past few years, I can assure you he’ll have you laughing so hard it will hurt!
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