Former Seahawk quarterback Dave Krieg, in town this week for a few events that include attending tonight’s Sports Star Banquet, said he has been shocked by the reaction to Richard Sherman’s comments after the win Sunday after the 49ers and called it “not fair to Richard, not fair to the Seahawks.”
Krieg said he understood why some might take some offense to what Sherman said, but said those criticizing Sherman are not understanding the context of the setting in which the FOX interview took place, which was almost immediately after the game ended.
“I think to journalistically ambush somebody right off the field like that (is not right),” he said. “You are supposed to have some time after the game to sit around and think about what you are going to say.
“When you get done with the game, people don’t realize the adrenaline you have in your body, from a pre-season game to a regular season game to the playoffs to an NFC title game decided in the last 30 seconds like that —they fine Marshawn (Lynch) for not talking to the press and here they talk to him before he is even to the locker room.
“They don’t understand. As a quarterback you have to keep your emotions in check, but as a defensive player you are all about getting hyped up about the game and that doesn’t just leave you right afterwards. It’s very, very emotional, the adrenaline that is going through you, the excitement that you are going to the Super Bowl. … nobody really knows the adrenaline of what goes on during the game or right after it’s done. As a player, even after you shower and leave, you still can’t sleep until 2, 3 in the morning. Just think about all the energy that goes through your body, it’s not an everyday thing. That’s why you only play once a week.”
Krieg and the rest of Seattle’s Ring of Honors members have been invited to the Super Bowl as guests of the team, and Krieg said he hoped that Sherman doesn’t get too “hounded” by the media about what happened at the end of the 49er game.
“I know Richard, I know his family,” Krieg said. “He’s a very smart kid, where he came from and everything and who he is. I really have a lot of respect for Richard and I just feel bad. It happened, it’s done with.”