Doug Baldwin came into the Super Bowl with a chip on his shoulder. Leading up to the game, ESPN analyst Cris Carter had said the Seahawks receivers were appetizers because the team lacked a main course. Baldwin heard the Hall of Famer’s words and took them to hear.
When someone asked Baldwin what he had to say about the criticism now that he was Super Bowl champion, the receiver didn’t pull punches.
From the Everett Herald:
“OK, y’all listen to me loud and clear,” he said. “Y’all listening? Y’all hear me? For all y’all who called us, the receiving corps, average, pedestrian, appetizers—I’m not going to say any names, but he knows who he is—I respect what you did on the field, but stick to playing football, because your analytical skills ain’t up to par yet. You need to slow down and go back and not do it half-assed and put some effort into it, because you’re saying some stuff that didn’t really make sense.”
“That dude who said that we were appetizers, he told me to Google him, and I did Google him, but I didn’t see any Super Bowl appearances, and I also saw two losses in conference championships. I have a Super Bowl ring, and I would gladly show that to him. And if he doesn’t have time to come see it, tell him he can Google it.”
Baldwin didn’t say Carter’s name explicitly, but he addressed Carter’s lack of ring, request to Google him, and the appetizer reference. Baldwin had five catches for 66 yards and a touchdown in the game. He also has a Super Bowl ring.