miami: The standard for postgame interviews changed in January. on january 19, 2014, when then seahawks cornerback richard sherman made one of the most iconic plays in franchise history and proceeded to convert his nfc championship game-winning pass into the second most noticeable within a couple of minutes.
Fox sideline reporter Erin Andrews’ postgame interview with Sherman not only reset the bar in terms of entertainment value for such an interaction; it altered careers and lives. It cemented a friendship that continues to this day, six years after Sherman so passionately proclaimed that 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree shouldn’t taste or talk about him, and that Sherman was the best cornerback in the NFL.
Sherman, 31, has reached the Super Bowl again, this time as San Francisco’s defensive leader and tight outside cornerback two years after signing with Seattle’s rival in free agency. Andrews, 41, also reached Super Bowl 54 and served as a sideline reporter for Fox in the NFL for the eighth straight season.
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And yes, the two of them can’t wait to see each other again on Sunday.
“I always give her a hug when I see her,” Sherman told Sports News of Andrews, speaking at the 49ers Super Bowl hotel in Miami.
Andrews added, speaking of Sherman at his network’s Super Bowl press conference: “I love him so much. I enjoy him as much as a person and I enjoy him as much as a player.”
Andrews admitted, however, that no matter what happens at Super Bowl 54, she and Sherman will never be able to recreate the magic of their interview six years ago.
richard sherman and erin andrews: the interview
Six points down with 30 seconds left, the 49ers were in the red zone, threatening to score and, with a good slap, advance to what would have been their second straight Super Bowl appearance. quarterback colin kaepernick fired a laser down the right sideline toward crabtree. Sherman extended his arm just enough to keep the ball out of Crabtree’s hands and into those of teammate Malcolm Smith, one of the greatest game-winning plays in NFL history.
andrews, who was tasked with locating sherman immediately after the game for a television interview, had an idea of what was to come next.
When he approached Sherman, Andrews noticed that the corner was on fire due to the way he spoke in an interview with ESPN Deportes. He also recalled that Sherman had “a lot to say” about Crabtree when he met with her and other members of Fox’s broadcast team the day before the game.
“You know, what I was worried about was being connected to him and holding on to him,” Andrews said, “because I knew they were going to show up live. So I was like, ‘Oh shit, I can’t lose you.'”
we can all be thankful he didn’t lose it.
“It was a really cool moment; it was a genuine moment,” Sherman said of the interview, which immediately became the highlight of what was an instant classic NFC title game.
“This is the best thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Andrews remembered thinking. “This has never happened to me before, and I don’t know anyone this has happened to before.
“and my next question better not be a bad one, because everyone is waiting to hear it. and the only question I asked was, ‘who was talking about you?’ and I really wanted a follow-up question, but they made me wrap.”
That awkward ending to the interview is Andrew’s only regret about the exchange. literally every other aspect of the moment was and remains positive.
richard sherman and erin andrews: the aftermath
andrews at that time was already an established and nationally recognized reporter. Sherman, however, was a third-year cornerback who had been selected in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL draft out of Stanford. those associated with the world of soccer knew him, especially after his second professional selection in his first three seasons. but the profile of him seen by casual viewers was raised by his impassioned tirade.
Below is a look at the google search trends for “richard sherman” from the time he was recruited until now. One doesn’t have to look far for the moment that transformed Sherman from professional football player to domestic celebrity.
The entire country seemed enthralled by the interview for months to come. The Wall Street Journal used Sherman and Andrews as a suggestion for a children’s Halloween costume. Andrews said he almost convinced Snickers to run a commercial. (She hands a bar of chocolate to an irate Sherman, and he transforms back into happy Richard). Even President Barack Obama was amused by Sherman’s antics.
“Sometimes I feel disrespected by you journalists,” Obama joked as he spoke to a crowd at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. “But okay. Seattle Seahawk cornerback Richard Sherman is here tonight and he gave me some great advice on how to handle it. (CNN Chief Washington Correspondent) Jake Tapper, don’t you ever talk about me like that! I’m the best game president! what do you think richard? was it good? a little more sentiment next time?”
richard sherman and erin andrews: friendship
sherman insisted that he has grown significantly since the interview after the 2014 nfc championship game. his relationship with andrews, strengthened at the time, has also blossomed.
sherman and andrews told sn that they will be forever connected by that interview, and it’s a partnership they welcome.
“Even before that game, I had always said that if I could go back and be an NFL player, I would like to be Richard Sherman,” Andrews said. “He’s one of the smartest guys I’ve ever dealt with in the NFL. I love the way he plays. I love how smart he is. I just respect him a lot.”
Added Sherman: “She’s always been great. Even before that interview. We’ve always had a really great relationship. It’s grown even more since then.”
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Andrews has a plan if the 49ers beat the Chiefs to win the franchise’s sixth Super Bowl. he has nothing to do with what he will ask the corner of the stars if they ask him to interview him on camera.
You will find Sherman in the crowd of people, run up to him and give him a big hug. this is how she reacted when san francisco beat green bay in the nfc championship game. Sherman’s mother and wife were with him. They also got hugs from Andrews.
asked how she and sherman would react if he wins the super bowl for the 49ers with a pass breakup or interception, andrews smiled and shook his head.
“I don’t even know if you’ll ever be able to recreate it, but I’ll get to it.”