Dare I say, there may not be a busier person in America right now than Hanlon. His team is playing in one of the more highly anticipated Super Bowls in recent memory. New York versus Boston. The Patriots quest for perfection. Giselle Bundchen will probably be at the game. And yesterday - Super Bowl Media Day - was likely the craziest day of them all.
I humbly reached out to him yesterday based on a handful of very cordial exchanges we've had over the years. My hope was that he would offer me a good "inside" nugget or two on how things were going on his end. Quite frankly, mine was likely the least urgent inquiry he received all day.
True to form, however, he responded immediately. He told me how this being his second Super Bowl certainly had him better prepared for the media onslaught. He noted how the team was all business this time around, having tasted defeat the last time it played in the ultimate game. He made a jocular reference to one of the team's star player’s "guarantee" of victory. (You could almost sense him cringing in the e-mail about that.)
Did I get anything earth-shattering from Pat? Not really. Well, I take that back. It is pretty amazing to me that someone this busy would take the time to respond to me - twice actually - during the busiest days of his career. Just doing his job, you might say. Well, perhaps, but I've dealt with enough PR pros who don't do their jobs this way.
Hanlon is widely respected by his peers and those in the media. It's no wonder.