Erin Andrews wants focus off Sherman's interview and back on game

Staff writerFebruary 2, 2014 

— Unlike the rest of the nation, Erin Andrews didn’t have much more to say about Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s outburst after the NFC Champion Game.

The FOX sports reporter is focusing on the experience of a lifetime, as she calls it, covering her first Super Bowl on Sunday as part of the network’s TV crew.

“He explained what he explained,” she said of the rant, mildly frustrated by the continued questioning about what Sherman said about 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

In addition to the desire to move on, Andrews told reporters Tuesday that she didn’t understand claims that she was afraid of Sherman during the brief exchange.

“There was nothing on my face that looked scared,” she said.

Andrews, who calls herself a “huge” fan of the Legion of Boom cornerback, said she connected with Sherman after the game and still respects the player.

As for the scared-girl accusations, Andrews says it’s just white noise.

“I sometimes think some of those people want me to lay on the ground and start crying,” she said.

Andrews won’t get any unexpected commentary from Sherman on Sunday. She will be working the Denver Broncos sideline.

It’s opportunities like this that lured the former ESPN reporter to FOX.

Andrews says she sees herself as a typical sports geek and is still somewhat “freaked out” at the prospect of covering the Super Bowl with people she admired growing up.

She said it is cool being a female in the sports business now.

“This is a dream come true,” she said. “I’m geeking out left and right.

“There’s so many more (women in sports) than when I first started.”

She’s intrigued, like most football fans, about the Super Bowl matchup that pits the Seahawks’ No. 1-ranked defense against the Denver Broncos and their No.-1 ranked offense.

Analyst and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, who pairs with long-time play-by-play announcer Joe Buck for the game, believes the Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers were the two top teams. Still, this matchup should provide for a memorable game.

“I think it’s going to be a hell of a game,” he said. “Regardless of who has the ball, there’s going to be some fun things to watch.”

Buck said the key could be Denver’s defense capitalizing against Seattle’s offense, which has struggled in the last couple months.

“That’s where the game may be won,” he said. “But nobody’s talking about it.”

Buck said Sherman’s anti-Crabtree remarks were calculated and the incident was overblown and overly politicized. He found it silly to criticize one player for talking too much, and another (running back Marshawn Lynch) for not talking enough.

“This was us down on his field,” he said. “You have to be prepared to get what you get.”

And Buck didn’t buy into remarks about a timid Andrews.

“Erin doesn’t get scared,” he said.

Kari Plog

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