Perhaps Chris Carter will think twice about criticizing young receivers, really for no reason as far as I am concerned. I thought that he was a classier guy than that, but apparently I was wrong. Why throw shade on the guys before the big game to the extent that he did as opposed to keeping criticism more general and generic, if say anything at all?
Baldwin obviously took offense:
"Ya'll listen to me loud and clear," he said. "Ya'll listening? You hear me? For all ya'll who called us, the receiving corps, 'average', 'pedestrian,' and '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 football, stick to playing football because your analytical skills aren't up to par yet . . . You need to go back and not do it half-ass. You're saying some stuff that didn't really make sense."
"That dude that said we were appetizers, he told me to Google him," Baldwin said. "And I did Google him, but I didn't see any Super Bowl appearances, and I also saw two losses in the conference championships. So I have a Super Bowl ring that I will gladly show to him. And if he doesn't have time to come see it, tell him he can Google it."
Showcasing a lack of class, Carter responded by referencing Baldwin's status as the third or fourth receiver amid some other drivel that basically makes me wonder if there was a little jealousy at play. Anyway, as I see it, he should be trying to be a positive influence to younger receivers, regardless if he perceives them as average or not. I certainly don't see why he'd be throwing shade on receivers who seem to work as hard and/or with a certain modicum of passion like Baldwin or Golden Tate.