Cary Williams Says He Didn’t Intend to Shove Official, Who He Says Made the Right Decision

Super Bowl XLVII was filled with unusual plays and moments, one of which came when Baltimore Ravens cornerback Cary Williams shoved an official while being removed from a scuffle during the first half. Players are usually ejected for such incidents, and San Francisco 49ers fans are upset that Williams wasn’t punished. In fact, he broke up a potential touchdown pass later in the game. Cary Williams joined The Junkies on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C., to discuss the Super Bowl post-game festivities, his shoving incident and the team’s defensive stand at the end of the game.

On when he went to bed the night of the game:

“I didn’t even go to sleep.”

On the post-game party and general manager Ozzie Newsome dancing:

“Ozzie was dancing. That was a surprise. I wasn’t expecting to see Ozzie and his brother out there dancing. But everybody was feeling the groove and it was a great atmosphere. It was a truly, truly, truly awesome moment for everybody.”

On getting away with shoving an official during the first half of Sunday night’s game:

“It was in the moment, man. It was one of those situations where you let your emotions get the best of you. As far as I’m concerned, I remember my helmet getting ripped off by No. 49 or whatever, and I just reacted. I didn’t see the ref; I didn’t realize he was there. I just pushed whoever to try to get to him. I just think that with the Baltimore Ravens, I feel like we play aggressively but we play between the whistles. There was a lot of things that was going on outside of the whistles or whatever, and it was frustrating. But at the end of the day, it happened. The ref saw that I wasn’t trying to intentionally get him or hurt him or harm him in any way, and I think he played it the right way. He made the right call, he made the right decision. And I just gotta live with that situation.”

On if he expects to be fined:

“The league hasn’t contacted me. I don’t know if I need to contact them or whatever, but it’s a situation … and I just gotta deal with that. So whenever it comes, I gotta cross that bridge when we get there.”

On the 49ers throwing on three consecutive plays inside the 10-yard line late:

“If they had run the ball they were going to get stopped. We made run blitzes on those downs. So we were in man-to-man on the back side. We didn’t have any help. All four downs I was by myself. All four downs Jimmy [Smith] was by himself. Corey [Graham] was by himself, BP [Bernard Pollard], and Ed [Reed] was by himself all four downs. We blitzed everything. We didn’t give ‘em enough time to do anything, and I think that was something that put pressure on him. He wasn’t able to make the right reads, he wasn’t able to put the ball with some touch on it to Crabtree down there at the end. … I just think that Dean Pees did an amazing job at calling plays on Sunday.”

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