If you watched Richard Sherman live, post NFC Championship Game rant on Sunday night after the Seahawks toppled the 49ers, you probably noticed that Erin Andrews looked some combination of terrified and thrilled.
It was more the latter than the former, though. Andrews told For the Win that she was never bothered at all by what Sherman did.
"I don't want this to look like I was upset with him, I was frightened, I felt threatened, we all like Richard Sherman a lot at Fox,” Andrews said. “At that moment I saw how crazy it was going to blow up, and I wanted to make sure people knew it wasn't a situation where I'm a victim and he acted like an idiot."
In fact, Andrews said it "was awesome" and she "loved it" when Sherman went bananas on camera afterwards.
“You expect these guys to play like maniacs and animals for 60 minutes,” Andrews said. “And then 90 seconds after he makes a career-defining, game-changing play, I'm gonna be mad because he's not giving me a cliché answer, ‘That's what Seahawks football is all about and that's what we came to do and we practice for those situations.' No you don't. That was awesome. That was so awesome. And I loved it.”
The reason Andrews looked stunned may have been nothing more than physical shock -- she said that right before the interview she took a shot to the chin from Sherman's pads when he gave her a huge hug.
Whatever the case, she recovered nicely and came with a smart follow-up question to Sherman's initial rant. Andrews knew Sherman was going off on Crabtree but wanted to make sure and give him a chance to keep ranting and let him inform America himself.
“I thought I would be criticized if I didn't follow up, or if I said something like, ‘So anyway, you're going to the Super Bowl now,'” she said. “No. This guy just went off. Let's make sure we know who he's talking about."
Sherman's rant caused some discussion about whether or not he should be screaming into a camera immediately following the game.
At least one person -- the person he was talking to -- was totally fine with it though.