Remember that death stare Steve Young gave Rick Reilly at the end of Monday night's Steelers-Chiefs game? The one that came after Reilly was caught, on-air, pathetically pleading with Stuart Scott to remind the viewers at home that Reilly had the news of Ben Roethlisberger's injury first on Twitter? Welp, it turns out Young wasn't pissed at Reilly for making it clear that he cares more about reporting score-keeping than the Steelers quarterback having his arm ripped off. Young was just giving him a "Bro Stare."
Here's what went down: According to the Bay Area Sports Guy, in an interview with Tom Tolbert yesterday, Young said that he was just kidding around with Reilly—that his look toward him was more of a "C'mon, Bro!" type thing than a "I'm going to murder you and take your ill-advised $17 million contract with me" type thing. Young said it was his best "Bro Stare," and, it should be noted, I work for a company called BroBible and even I a.) Am not exactly sure what a Bro Stare is, and b.) Cannot believe this was said by a Super Bowl winning quarterback in an interview.
Here's the hilarious excerpt:
Tolbert: Before we get to football, let’s talk about the death stare. The Rick Reilly death stare. I’ve never seen that from you, Steve.
Young: No (laughs). There’s an inside joke here, is that the guys on the set, because that’s the last thing we do. Now you got to remember, it’s like 1:30 in the morning. And it’s the last thing is Rick’s little section. So we’re kind of joking around. That was not a death stare. What it really was, it kind of was incredulous. I was like, “You didn’t just say that.” And so I was joking with him. And so that’s why I hit him. We didn’t know we were on camera. It all happened without our knowledge. And so, that’s when I hit him. I’m like joking with him staring at him like, “You’re crazy.” It was more like “you’re crazy” kind of thing. I wasn’t like I was upset about it.
Tolbert: Was it a bro? Like inside your head I could hear you going, “Bro.”
Young: Bro, exactly! It was a bro stare. That’s exactly what it was. It was a bro stare. It was like, “C’mon bro!”
Steve Young, taking Bro Stares mainstream.