From Muncie (Ind.) Central High School to Purdue to the Washington Redskins, Ryan Kerrigan had never experienced anything like he did on Nov. 30 against the Indianapolis Colts.
Sure, he had recorded sacks before during his Redskins career — 33 to be exact up to that point — and yes, he’s forced a few fumbles, but to get a compliment as soon as it happens?
But that’s exactly what happened when he strip-sacked Colts quarterback Andrew Luck on the very first play of the Redskins-Colts game.
The Wall Street Journal earlier this week ran an article about Luck’s complementary trash-talking.
The day after it was published, Kerrigan told ESPN 980 that “it was really weird” to hear positive comments coming from a guy he just forced into a turnover.
“After I hit him one time, they were down, we had them backed up and I hit him one time right as he was throwing the ball,” Kerrigan said. “As he was getting up, he was like, ‘Man, who was that? Was that you Kerrigan? Good hit, man.’ And I was just like, ‘What? What did you say to me?’
“I’ve heard him on [NFL Network’s] Sound FX before, so it wasn’t the first time I’ve heard it. But to actually have it happen to me, it was such an odd experience.”
Shortly after the play, Kerrigan asked Trent Murphy, former college teammates with Luck, if that was a common thing.
“So immediately, I’m like talking to Trent Murphy on the sidelines and I’m like, ‘Was he like this at Stanford? Did he always try to get in people’s heads?’” Kerrigan told ESPN 980. “He said, ‘Yeah, that’s kind of his thing.’”
In seven career games against the Philadelphia Eagles, meanwhile, Kerrigan has four sacks — tied for the most against one team in his career along with the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Redskins, of course, square off tomorrow with the Eagles at FedExField.
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