Richard Sherman gave the interview heard ’round the world following the NFC Championship game in January, but at a conference last week in Salt Lake City, Sherman admitted the interview was somewhat planned.
Sherman delivered a keynote address to audience members at Adobe Summit 2014 when he was asked to talk about his now famous postgame interview with FOX’s Erin Andrews.
“You can kind of formulate a plan of what to execute after the game, and what to say if certain events happen, if I intercept the ball for the game or you make a big play,” Sherman said at the conference. “I think if the play had happened a little earlier in the game, I would have still delivered the same message but it wouldn’t have been as emotional, the volume wouldn’t have been as high, the delivery would have been a lot more calm and reserved.”
Sherman said he knew that he was mic’d up during the game so he was aware that everything he said would be “under the microscope” during the game.
Sherman also said that he wanted to get a message across and his big play at the end of the game magnified the moment. If that play would have happened earlier, however, Sherman still thinks he would have been able to get his message across.
“It would have been the same message, so it would have gotten the same buzz, the same effect. Maybe Erin Andrews wouldn’t have been so scared and horrified,” he joked to the amusement of the audience. “We had a good laugh about it afterwords and she has since gone to ‘Dancing with the Stars’ so I think everybody has benefited from it.”
If you forgot about Sherman’s postgame interview, you can watch it again here: