LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — In nine seasons in the National Football League, Fred Smoot developed quite the reputation as a smack talker. So, it should come as no surprise the former Washington Redskins cornerback is giving Richard Sherman a two thumbs up review for his post-game interview with Erin Andrews on Sunday.
Sherman ripped San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree on national television just seconds after forcing an interception that sealed Seattle’s trip to the Super Bowl in the closing seconds of the NFC Championship.
While scaring Andrews a little bit with his enthusiasm, the Seahwaks All-Pro exclaimed Crabtree was a “sorry” receiver.
“Don’t you open your mouth about the best! Or I’m ma shut it for you real quick!” he boasted.
So what does veteran smack-talker Smoot have to say?
“You have to like that if you’re a fan of the NFL,” Smoot told Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier Monday on 106.7 The Fan. “We’re in the league now that players will not open up to the media. He’s going through emotions, he just made one of the biggest plays of his career. Yes, he probably took it a tad bit too far. But as a connoisseur of great talk of trash, I enjoyed it.”
Presumably, Smoot is also a fan of the “Attitude Era” in the golden age of professional wrestling.
The NFL has no plans to alter its policy regarding player interviews immediately following games in wake of Sherman’s remarks. Currently, media members are forbidden from speaking with players in the locker room until after 10 minutes have elapsed from the final whistle. The same policy does not apply as players are leaving the field.
If he were in Sherman’s shoes, Smoot says he doesn’t know whether his comments would be different even after a mandatory cooling period. Then again, he never found himself playing in a conference championship game.
“Luckily, when I made it to the NFL I had a guy like Darrell Green that taught me how to temper my emotions, how to take a deep breath before I say a word and how to gather my thoughts before I even get on the mic,” he said. “But, I don’t know. With emotions going like that, I can’t say what I would have done.”
Listen to the full interview by clicking the play button below.