The NFL is a enterprise, however that does not imply gamers and coaches cannot have enjoyable — particularly at one another’s expense.
That was the case forward of the 2019 NFL Draft, when third-year Rams coach Sean McVay pranked first-year Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury. The previous Texas Tech coach had simply been employed in January and was nonetheless studying the ropes of NFL guidelines — one thing his NFC West counterpart took benefit of.
“He had accomplished his due diligence of claiming, ‘OK I do know there’s some tampering guidelines within the NFL,'” McVay mentioned throughout an look on The Ringer’s “Flying Coach” podcast. “He is been doing his factor in school, performed within the league, however he is by no means handled a few of these guidelines within the NFL.
“I am positive Kliff and (Cardinals GM Steve Keim) already had it found out, they’re taking Kyler Murray No. 1. This man was strolling round like he was 7 foot, he was feeling so good about taking Kyler. And that was the large story. It was most likely lower than a month away from the draft. So he is so assured about it.”
McVay pulled the prank in Los Angeles, the place he, Kingsbury and former Purple Raiders quarterback Patrick Mahomes (whom Kingsbury coached in school) have been consuming dinner. The Rams coach modified one in all his buddy’s contact data in his personal telephone to learn, “Roger Goodell,” then had them textual content his telephone as if he have been the NFL commissioner.
“So he texts me, ‘Hey, you already know higher than this. You and Kingsbury are each in serious trouble for tampering,'” McVay mentioned.
He confirmed the alternate to the Cardinals coach, saying Goodell by no means texted him and that meant it should be critical.
“This man seemed like he was going to throw up,” McVay mentioned. “I imply, he is at all times received a superb tan and a pleasant glow. He was as white as my partitions behind me. He was able to puke. And I needed to let it go. … It was most likely 30 seconds that most likely felt like three hours to him. I mentioned, ‘I am simply kidding.’ I do not assume he ate the remainder of the meal.”
Kingsbury, who was additionally on the podcast, chimed in: “I did not eat the remainder of the journey.”
Here is a video of McVay detailing the prank:
Fortunately for Kingsbury, he received to maintain the crew’s No. 1 general decide, which the Cardinals used to pick out Murray. However how’s that for a “welcome to the NFL” second?