It was the postgame interview heard ’round the world. Seattle’s Richard Sherman talked some serious trash about San Francisco’s Michael Crabtree after the Seahawks punched their ticket to Super Bowl XLVIII, and the blogosphere practically exploded with reaction.
Of course, that special little moment in sports broadcasting history was made possible by the always unflappable—and not to mention, you know, beautiful—Erin Andrews. The Florida native has been boldly sticking microphones in athletes’ faces for more than 10 years, and she’ll be at it again at MetLife Stadium this Sunday for the big game on FOX (6:30pm ET… as if you needed a reminder). We recently asked her about the chance of inclement weather, dating athletes and making it in a man’s world.
“It does help that my boyfriend knows sports. He understands that I don’t go out on Friday and Saturday nights because I’m getting ready for the game.”
So what’s the plan if there’s a big blizzard on Sunday?
Instead of confetti we’ll have snow. It will be amazing. It will be fabulous. I’ve got a ton of electric foot liners and gloves that will keep me warm.
How did you first become interested in sports?
I was a tomboy growing up, and I’d sit on the couch with my dad, learning about and cheering for his teams. My dad tells the story that when I was in fifth grade I pointed to Hannah Storm on TV and said I wanted to do that for a living. It’s what I always wanted to do.
Have you faced opposition? Do you feel you’ve had to work harder than guys do?
There are always older, old-fashioned people who think, “She doesn’t know what she’s talking about. She doesn’t know the sport.” I study more now for events than I did in college. You’re always trying to prove yourself.
You think Tom Rinaldi could’ve coaxed this rant out of Richard Sherman? No way.
Do you prefer to date athletes—or do you avoid dating athletes?
My boyfriend is a professional hockey player for the Los Angeles Kings, Jarret Stoll. It does help that he knows sports and understands my life. He understands that I don’t go out on Friday and Saturday nights because I’m getting ready for the game. It’s almost an athlete’s mindset that you have to have in the competitiveness and the preparation. We have sports on 24-7 at home. But because I work so many games and never get to relax, I watched TV in bed yesterday, eating pancakes that my man made for me.
How do you deal with the stress of the job?
I work out. I do a lot of online workouts because I’m stuck in a hotel room a lot. I try to work out every single day because working with men like I do, they do enjoy a lot of food. Physique 57 is an online workout that I do and they’ve structured it so you can do it in a hotel room, like squats using a chair. You don’t need equipment.
What’s the best thing about your job?
That I get to do what I love. I’m such a fan of sports and teams. I’m really just a big kid out there, reporting what I see.