GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Joe Namath and a pizza delivery guy made for an awkward moment at Florida coach Jim McElwain’s Monday press conference.
Beforehand, two reporters disagreed over whether Namath was the best quarterback in NFL history. When McElwain took the podium and was asked for his opinion, he sided with the Orlando Sentinel’s Edgar Thompson over Florida Gators team reporter Scott Carter.
“He was the greatest ever,” McElwain said. “Scotty? What? He made the league relevant. It goes beyond just playing the game.
“You’re talking about the reason I wore white shoes, so obviously I’m kind of biased to the guy.”
At the end of his presser, a Domino’s pizza delivery guy entered the room with four pies for the media.
“You can bring the pizza in,” McElwain told him. “These guys are hungry, I mean, come on in. There ya go, just roll right in here. It better be the pizza they ordered, too.”
As the delivery guy took out the food, McElwain couldn’t resist getting his take on Namath.
“Question to you: So I think it’s important to ask this, where are you on Joe Namath?” McElwain said.
“Truth be told, I really don’t care about sports one way or another,” responded the delivery guy, clueless to who Namath or even McElwain is.
“We got the old pizza delivery guy that doesn’t care about where he’s even at right now,” McElwain said. “Let me explain, you’re at The Swamp. OK, pretty big environment. Great players have been in here.”
The man tried to justify his stance.
“I feel it’s better not to affiliate yourself with a team because then if you go to a game at an away team …”
McElwain, shaking his head, cut him off.
“OK, you’re good. A little too much information,” he said. “Obviously we need to get to lunch here.”
— Deidra Church (@DChurchUF) April 4, 2016