Her interview with Richard Sherman after the NFC Championship Game last January may have become a viral sensation, but Erin Andrews, Fox Sports’ new lead sideline reporter for NFL games, confessed that she’s bothered by one aspect of it.
Andrews told HuffPost Live’s Caitlyn Becker that she was thinking of her follow-up question after Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman started shouting that he is “the best corner in the game” and ripping Michael Crabtree of the San Francisco 49ers. What first ran through her mind in that surreal moment?
“Oh God, I better have a really good follow-up question or I’m gonna be crucified,” she said.
Her follow-up consisted of asking him to elaborate. Which he didn’t do.
“If anything, I’m upset about that interview [because of] the way I threw to Joe Buck,” she told Becker. “I had my next question ready, I was getting ready to get into it, but I know Fox’s producers were looking out for me. … I was getting ready to ask the next question, and they just said, ‘Get it to Joe, get it to Joe,’ and if anything, I think I made them look bad by going, ‘Uh, let’s send it to Joe.’ That was just kind of my surprised, jerky, idiot way of doing that, and that’s what I’m upset about from that interview — myself. Any other thing about it, I thought it was awesome.”
Andrews knew immediately that the moment would be big.
“When he started going off, I was able to quickly think to myself, ‘Oh God, this is big because no athletes do this,'” she said. “We want them to do this, and the president of Fox Sports said it perfectly when we were flying back to Los Angeles that night. He just said, ‘This is why we do those interviews. We hope for something like this.'”
Like Andrews, people found fault with the sideline interview, but it didn’t affect her stock with Fox, which made the not altogether-welcome move to replace Pam Oliver with Andrews on the No. 1 broadcast team. In a cover story for Health this month, she revealed:
“I feel like a spy half the time,” she says. “In the NFL, we can’t report on injuries until the NFL has said what the injury is, but I hear so much stuff, like, in the huddles, a player saying, ‘I just ripped my knee – I’m done.’ I’ve gotten really good at lipreading, and my boyfriend [Jarret Stoll of the L.A. Kings] hates that!”
That’s probably going to go over well.