Sunday, September 15th, 2013


Football Night in America Preview – Week 2

“If you see me get to jawing, it’s probably not a good situation for whoever’s on the other side.” – Anquan Boldin

“There’s an art to it. You can’t just be sloppy with the trash talk.” – Richard Sherman

NEW YORK – Sept. 15, 2013 – Bob Costas interviewed San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin and Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman for tonight’s Week 2 edition of Football Night in America, which will preview 49ers-Seahawks, and also include highlights, analysis and reaction to earlier Week 2 games.

Football Night, the most-watched pre-game show in sports, airs each Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on NBC with Costas hosting the program live from inside the stadium. He will be joined on site by Sunday Night Football commentators Al Michaels (play-by-play) and Cris Collinsworth (analyst), as well as NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward, for reaction to the afternoon games and to preview tonight’s match-up.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from famous Studio 8H at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios in New York City. He is joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney HarrisonPeter King of Sports IllustratedMike Florio of ProFootballTalk on and NBCSN; and Scott Pioli, the former NFL Executive of the Year who is new to the NBC NFL team this season. Carolyn Manno will report from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on the Broncos-Giants game.


INTERVIEWS: Below are excerpts from Costas’ interviews with Boldin and Sherman. If used, please note the mandatory credit: “In an exclusive interview airing tonight on Football Night in America.”


On attending the ceremony in which the 49ers were presented with their NFC Championship rings: “Very awkward.”

Costas: “They stole you for a six-round pick. That’s highway robbery, a sixth-round pick for you.”

Boldin: “That’s what I hear. But for me, I don’t care what they got in return for me. I’m just glad to be in the situation that I’m in. I think I’m the one who lucked out. I’m with a great team, a great organization; a team that has a chance to get back and win a championship. I think I fell into a pretty good situation.”

On Richard Sherman: “A lot of guys look at the way he talks and kind of overlook him as a defensive back. But I think he’s one of the top ones in this league.”

On trash talking: “I’m usually not one of those guys…If you see me get to jawing, it’s probably not a good situation for whoever’s on the other side.”

On 49ers Super Bowl loss as motivation for the team: “Trust me, that’s one of those things that you don’t want to go through. I’d rather not make the playoffs then lose in the Super Bowl.”

Costas: “Truly?”

Boldin: “Truly. I think it’s the worst feeling because you get all the way there — you can taste it, you can feel it and you come up short. It does something to you. But, for me and I’m sure for the guys on this team, losing a Super Bowl just leaves that burning desire in your heart, and the only thing you want to do is get back and win, and do whatever it takes to get back there. So, I think I fit in in this locker room.”


On similarities and differences between Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh: “They’re both extremely competitive. They’re styles of coaching is what contrasts them. They approach coaching in two different ways. One (Carroll) approaches it in a new era, new school, (and with) positive reinforcement. The other (Harbaugh) approaches it in an old school way. It’s working effectively for both of them.”

On trash talking (laughing): “There’s an art to it. You can’t just be sloppy with the trash talk…be creative. Get some creativity. You have to be well-versed.”

On his father, who gets up at 3:45 a.m. to work as a garbage man: “He’s shown me work, what it is to have a work ethic, a blue collar mentality. He’ll go to work, work for the eight or nine hours, and then he’ll come home and mow the lawn. He’ll miss some games before he’ll miss work because he works every holiday. He works every chance he has to put more food on the table. He does it. Those kinds of sacrifices you see throughout your whole life. It builds a certain rapport with you.”