Armed with one of the most chiseled physiques in the NFL, the New York Giants’ Steve Weatherford isn’t your typical punter.
Not afraid of taking shots at opponents on or off the field, the Giants punter targeted the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback corps of Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow during a Friday radio interview.
“I’m gonna give you a Ferrari (Bradford) that maybe won’t be running all the time, or I’m giving you a nice Cadillac sedan (Sanchez). It’s not the fastest but you know what you’re going to get out of it,” Weatherford told New York radio station WFAN. “Bradford can go from zero to 60 in three seconds, but you don’t know if he’s gonna start up some days.”
Asked about the prospects of a contract extension for Bradford — entering the final year of a deal that will pay him $12.95 million this season — Weatherford said, “Good luck with that.”
“(Eagles coach) Chip Kelly will get himself in serious trouble if they get an extension for that guy,” Weatherford said. “And (if) he gets hurt? He’s done.”
As for Tebow, who hasn’t played in a regular-season game since 2012, Weatherford gave him a backhanded compliment.
“I’m the biggest Tim Tebow fan in the world. I mean, who wouldn’t want their daughter to date a guy like that?” Weatherford said. “I’ll tell you what, I don’t want him taking snaps for my team.”
Eagles center Jason Kelce took exception to Weatherford’s comments.
“Of course a player who is literally not allowed to be touched is talking (crap)… Is interviewing punters a thing now?” Kelce posted Monday on Twitter.
Weatherford responded with a series of tweets to try to explain himself and apologize and threw the media under the bus along the way.
“Did u even read the my quotes? Or did u generate ur opinion based upon the headline? (Continued) … Don’t be like everyone else and allow an unreliable journalist tell your opinion… Form it yourself.”
Weatherford apparently felt his kind comments about Tebow were misconstrued. You know, when he said, “I don’t want him taking snaps for my team.” Clearly that’s the media’s fault.
We still wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a late hit or roughing the kicker call when the Eagles and Giants play each other this season.