Look, you kind of don’t want to read a transcript of a radio interview with a football player talking about his Twitter war with another football player, in the same way I kind of don’t want to create it. But much in the same way that you will watch Internet videos of a bulldog puppy rolling down hills even though you kind of don’t want to, this might be hard to ignore. It’s the world we live in. Read an extra chapter of that history of agrarian philosophy tonight as recompense. Provided no athlete posts a series of hilarious selfies for you to stare at.
So about 16 hours after captivating the sports internet by feuding with Richard Sherman on Twitter, DeAngelo Hall called into 106.7 The Fan to talk about the festivities with Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier. By then, his Twitter back-and-forth was the lead news item on ESPN.com, had been debated on ESPN the television station, was written up on numerous blogs, and helped put food on my table, so Hall apparently wanted to clarify what it all meant.
“I think it was just me wanting to voice my opinion and him wanting to voice his,” Hall said. “He later on came back and said well you know I feel the same way [as you do]: if you say something to me I’m gonna say something to you back. It is not anything personal. When I see him it’s not going to be a fight and a brawl. We might talk some more, have a discussion a little more, but there definitely won’t be any fisticuffs.
“You know, I had Larry Fitzgerald call me,” Hall went on. “I’m supposed to be in his softball game this summer. The same softball game that Sherman and [Michael] Crabtree got into it at. And [Fitzgerald] said hey, you know Crabtree’s gonna be there, Sherman’s gonna be there, you’re gonna be there, I don’t want any trouble. It’s not that kind of party bro. And I just kind of told him how it went down and he understood….
“That’s just how corners are,” Hall said. “Corners seem to think they’re all better than each other. My thing for the young fella, I just want to see him succeed. I want him to have longevity in this league, I want him to keep doing what he’s doing, because like I said, those three years have been impressive. But in order to take that step to the next level, you’ve got to add a little bit more things to your game. And I just feel like following guys around is ultimately what’s going to take him to that next level, and get teams to pay him the kind of money that he thinks he deserves.”
This touched on what I suppose was Hall’s original point: that he wants to see Sherman be matched up against the NFL’s best receivers. Until that happens, Hall said, he wouldn’t include Sherman on a list of the game’s top three corners. But Hall also said that, in his prime, he couldn’t rack up the interception numbers Sherman has because no quarterbacks would throw at him.
“For this kid to be eight picks and seven picks and six, it just kind of blows my mind,” Hall said. “When you’re at the top of your game, guys don’t throw the ball your way. Especially when the other option is whoever Joe Blow is on the other side of the field. For guys to still throw the ball that way, I don’t know man. When it was my time to shine, I could barely get a ball thrown my way, and it frustrated the heck out of me. And they kind of knew that that frustrated me more than a guy catching the ball.”
As for the Twitter exchange, Hall seemed to enjoy it as much as the next guy, saying he laughed more and had more fun reading Sherman’s tweets than his own, and joking about Chad Ochocinco’s involvement.
“Even Chad got in there and was talking about the beef,” Hall said. “I was look like man, it is no beef. He kind of did pop up there out of the blue, being the peacemaker. But Chad knows, man. Me and Chad have had plenty of battles. He’s won some, I’ve won some. That’s part of it. You live to fight another day. You get up. Somebody swinging at you, you swing back. That’s just the nature of the beast. That’s how the game’s played. So by no means am I sitting here saying that I never get beat, because I do. But I think [Sherman’s] under the assumption that he never gets beat. And I’m like well until you really have that true challenge, you probably won’t. If you’re sitting on one side of the field like Nnamdi [Asomugha] did, kind of play protecting, you probably won’t get beat. But as soon as Nnamdi got out of the comforts of that and went somewhere else, it was a whole different ballgame. That guy’s out of the league now.”
In other words, Hall still stands by his words.
“A football player like myself knows what’s going on out there,” he said. “An average fan might say wow, [Sherman's] really taking this [receiver] out of the game, but a football player like myself will know the scheme and know the defense that they’re playing. I understand what’s going on out there on the field. And so I can kind of critique it a little more fairly than the average person. So all those things weighed into account of me saying what I had to say.”
(Due to the national importance of this news, this is a more rushed transcript than I usually offer. It’s possible that one or two articles are not up to my usual scrupulous standards.)