We’ve heard just about every opinion under the sun since Richard Sherman’s epic post-game interview, but now we get the perspective from the person in the trenches, Erin Andrews.
Andrews was manning the microphone when Sherman unleashed a lifetime worth of emotion. He had just sealed a Super Bowl berth for the Seahawks, and the play came against one of his arch rivals in Michael Crabtree.
The FOX Sports reporter sat down with For The Win to shed some light on Sherman’s raw passion.
“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.”
A good contingent of the media and Twitter was quick to judge, but Andrews “loved” the Sherman she had the privilege of interviewing.
“You expect these guys to play like maniacs and animals for 60 minutes,” she said. “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 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,’” she said. “No. This guy just went off. Let’s make sure we know who he’s talking about.”
Andrews, for one, 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.”
For more of Andrews’ take on her interview of Sherman, visit For The Win.