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.