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Jay Leno's intern brings his trademark camp to Super Bowl media day

January 27, 2009 | 11:45 am

The 'Tonight Show's' Ross Mathews, left, hands a pink football to Pittsburgh Steelers' Dezmond Sherrod during the team's media day.

There’s effeminate.

There’s over-the-top effeminate.

And then there’s "Ross the intern," the ridiculously campy correspondent for the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

Ross, whose last name is Mathews but is known better as "Ross the intern," pranced around at media day this morning with a camera crew in tow, cracking up some players with his awkward questions and antics. It was actually pretty funny, unlike the tired gag of some of these goofball "reporters" who show up in drag, or a wedding dress, or just shout inane questions.

At one point, Ross walked up to Arizona kicker Neil Rackers, who was doing a radio interview on a cellphone and asked him to wait. After a while, with the cameras rolling, Ross got impatient and started jumping up and down and shrieking, "You’re No. 1! You’re No. 1!"

Rackers, who wears No. 1 on his jersey, gave him a polite smile and continued with his phone interview.

Ross moved on to tight end Alex Shor, who was sitting in the stands. The player looked a little stunned when Ross sat a little too close and tried to nuzzle up to him, but he rolled with it beautifully when the guy made the predictable "tight end" comments and produced his "secret weapon" -- a pink football.

"This is great," Shor said. "It's obviously aerodynamic, and you can see it better!"

He's a natural.

-- Sam Farmer

Photo: The "Tonight Show's" Ross Mathews, left, hands a pink football to Pittsburgh Steelers' Dezmond Sherrod during the team's media day for Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, Fla. Credit: Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press

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