Gerard Warren is one of the better interviews in the NFL. He’s a big, kind, open man.
And he’s wise enough to stay away from bitterness. I’ve become a little weary of listening to sports millionaires moan about disrespect. Athletes have one of the better gigs on earth, but that doesn’t stop them from griping.
Warren has plenty to gripe about., The Denver Broncos banished him to the Oakland Raiders, but the massive defensive lineman just shrugs when he talks about the decision.
“That’s business,” he said last Sunday after the Raiders thrashed the Broncos. He’s not mad at Mike Shanahan. He’s not mad at anybody.
Warren explained. He takes care to separate personal matters from business matters. What the Broncos did to him – sending him to one of the worst franchises in sports – was nothing personal.
“It was business,” he said with a smile.
Then the smile vanished. He pointed at a rubber bracelet on his wrist. It read, “Darrent Williams.”
“That,” he said slowly, “is personal.”