The Erin Andrews interview of Richard Sherman has been dissected, vivisected, analyzed, meta-analyzed and…well everyone has weighed in on it, and it’s been 36 hours, so no one cares any more at this point. But if there’s one point of view we actually do want to hear it’s from Erin Andrews herself. Well, she enjoyed it. Of course she did. And she should because it put Erin Andrews back on the homepages for a couple days.
And if there’s one thing Erin Andrews likes, it’s some Erin Andrews.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that! Every single media personality in the sports journalism world is all about themselves, and all about attention. It’s just the way it is. But kudos to Erin Andrews for handling a very emotional post-gamer like a true professional. She genuinely stayed very cool under pressure.
Erin Andrews sat down with For The Win:
“I walked in front of an interview that was going on because I knew we were coming on live,” she said. “He looked up, realized it was me and he gave me this giant bear hug because he was so excited … And he hugged me so hard I hit my chin on his pads. It was a raw, passionate, candid moment. That’s how pumped he was.”
“You expect these guys to play like maniacs and animals for 60 minutes,” Erin Andrews continued. “And then 90 seconds after he makes a career-defining, game-changing play, I’m gonna be mad because he’s not giving me a cliché answer, ‘That’s what Seahawks football is all about and that’s what we came to do and we practice for those situations.’ No you don’t. That was awesome. That was so awesome. And I loved it.”
I couldn’t agree more! Sherman was anything but bland, vanilla and corporate! And we criticize him for it? Finally, it’s the 1% of the time that an athlete isn’t mind-numbingly boring, yet we rip him for that? C’mon man!
“I thought I would be criticized if I didn’t follow up, or if I said something like, ‘So anyway, you’re going to the Super Bowl now,’” Erin Andrews said. “No. This guy just went off. Let’s make sure we know who he’s talking about.”
Erin Andrews is hoping that America gets to see more of Sherman in his raw element.
“Athletes don’t do that. They’re usually composed,” she said. “They usually take a minute and that’s why we grab them right after games because we hope they lose their minds like that, we hope they show pure joy. We hope he does the same thing at the Super Bowl. We don’t want a watered-down version of him.”
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