As well as linebacker Takeo Spikes plays on the field, he’s just as good off it. The 15 year vet has the reputation as a great quote here in Mission Valley and his Game Time feature was one of our best. Well last week he took his charm and media savvy on the road to Bristol, Connecticut, for slew of guest spots on ESPN.
One of his appearances was on “First Take”, where Spikes joined a panel of guests talking about Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick trademarking the term “Kaepernicking”. After host Skip Bayless talked about how, despite liking Kaepernick and calling for him to be the start from the start of the season, he thought that the decision took away some of Kaepernick’s focus and provided the Ravens with bulletin board material. Spikes disagreed.
“Skip I have to disagree with you on that. The reason why is, that I was always taught that you have to strike the iron when it’s hot. We know the NFL is a business and what we do day in and day out that’s part of business but that requires, that has to be handled first. Now, you made the comment about his advisers and his handlers. Well how hard is it for him to say “you know what? Let’s come up with this campaign. Advisers, you go ahead and do your advising to the handlers and you let those guys handle it. My main concern right now is to win this Super Bowl.” And I’m pretty sure the rest of the guys see it that way. It’d be different if he was out on the street corner during the week, or during Super Bowl week he’s going to make appearances, pushing the trademark. So, I don’t have a problem with it. I think he’s doing something smart. It’s a smart business move. As long as he understands that where I am right now, Super Bowl week, this is a chance of a lifetime. Which I’m pretty sure he does. So I don’t have a problem with it.”
When asked by Bayless if it would take up some of Kaepernick’s mental focus to sign off on the trademark idea, Spikes responded “The mental focus? Pick your hand up. Agree with it. Sign it. Pass it on to your advisers and let your handlers take of it.”
With rebuttals like that I’m sure that whenever Spikes decides to hang up his cleats he’ll have an easy time transitioning from tackling running backs to shutting down TV personalities.
See the full video here.
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