Adam Carriker and Chuck Carroll see a lot of similarities between the madness that goes on throughout an NFL game and the madness exhibited weekly in WWE rings.
So Carriker and Carroll — who co-host “4th & Pain,” a weekly wrestling/football radio show — decided to collide the two worlds, with the help of the WWE.
The duo on Wednesday presented Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garçon with the first-ever “4th & Pain Championship Belt Player of the Week,” which includes an actual, real-life WWE title belt that will rotate from locker to locker throughout the season.
And trust me, folks — this belt is the real deal. I got a chance to pick it up today, and this baby is heavy — err, I mean, I didn’t have trouble lifting it, but I could see how it could cause troubles for a much-weaker person.
Carroll said the WWE caught wind of “4th & Pain” and approached the show’s co-hosts about what it could do to promote the show and the team.
“We said we wanted to give away a little something-something to the player of the week, but we want to do it pro-wrestling style,” Carroll said. “It’s very cool. I mean, it’s not a sponsor deal at all. They’re doing this because they like the show; they believe in the show.”
Carriker, a veteran defensive lineman for the Redskins, said prior to Wednesday that he had only seen a real WWE title belt from a distance.
“When I’ve gone to events, I’ve seen people with a title belt, and I’m just like, ‘Wow, those are really nice belts,’ but I’ve never gotten to hold one,” Carriker said. “So it was really cool when they sent this because I was like, ‘Wow, this is the real deal.’”
Carroll said Garçon earned this week’s belt because his performance in Sunday’s 40-32 Redskins win over the host Saints largely went unnoticed after the receiver left the game in the first quarter with a foot injury.
At the time of his exit, Garçon had already caught four catches for 109 yards and an 88-yard touchdown.
Carroll said Garçon earned the belt over running back Alfred Morris and quarterback Robert Griffin III.
“We thought Alfred [Morris] did a pretty good job; we thought that Robert [Griffin III] did an amazing job,” Carroll said. “But Pierre’s going unrecognized because he had to leave the game early, and, you know, as I joked with him on ‘4th & Pain’ this week, I said, ‘If you had stayed in the game, on that pace you would’ve had 400 receiving yards.'”
Carroll said “4th & Pain” decided not to instead give the belt to long snapper Nick Sundberg, who played an entire flawless second half with a broken left arm.
“We had Nick on, and Nick actually threw a little insult at me,” Carroll said. “He told Adam, ‘I really like your show, but I can’t stand Chuck’s voice.’ And so, with that, I said there’s just no way. We’ll give him a tough-guy award, but he’s just not getting the belt.”
Here’s a “4th & Pain” video with Garçon after he was presented the belt:
Stay tuned to the Redskins Blog weekly to see which Redskins player is hoisting the title belt.
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