SALT LAKE CITY — Steve Smith Sr. knows how to keep people, including the media, on their toes.
The former Utah and NFL wide receiver did it again Saturday, when asked for an interview after he and five other Crimson Club Hall of Fame enshrinees were honored at halftime of Utah’s game against Arizona State.
Smith, who joined NFL Network as an analyst in February after retiring following a 16-year NFL career, turned the interview request into a chance to interview Jordan Gross, his former teammate with the Utes and the Carolina Panthers.
In an interview full of playful banter, Gross joked he heard Smith insisted Gross be inducted into the Crimson Club Hall of Fame with him.
“Hey, I’m a team player, despite what they all say,” Smith said.
Watch the full interaction between the two former Utes — they played 11 seasons together in the NFL with the Panthers and two together at Utah — in the video below.
(Note: At times, the interview is drowned out by the band performing its halftime performance directly behind Smith and Gross on the field.)
Honoring the Hall of Famers
Along with Smith and Gross, Staci Burt (soccer), Kent Crawford (men’s tennis), Jo Evans (softball) and Chris Shelton (baseball) were enshrined in the 2017 Crimson Club Hall of Fame class on Friday night and honored Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Part of Saturday’s festivities included a video tribute to each of the Hall of Fame enshrinees. They also received a trophy adorned with the university logo, handed out by athletic director Dr. Chris Hill.
The group ended the halftime ceremony by coming together in a huddle and cheering, “Go Utes!”