Rams’ Sean McVay once played a prank on Kliff Kingsbury by making him believe he would lose Kyler Murray in the NFL Draft
The NFL is a business, but that doesn’t mean players and coaches can’t have fun, especially at each other’s expense.
That was the case before the 2019 NFL Draft, when Rams third-year coach Sean McVay played a prank on Cardinals first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury. The former Texas Tech coach was just hired in January and was still learning the ropes of the NFL rules – something his NFC West counterpart took advantage of.
“He had done his due diligence by saying, ‘OK, I know there are tampering rules in the NFL,’” McVay said during an appearance on The Ringer’s ‘Flying Coach’ podcast. “He did his thing in college, played in the league, but he never dealt with some of those rules in the NFL.
“I’m sure Kliff and (Cardinals GM Steve Keim) got it by now, they’re taking Kyler Murray # 1. This guy was walking around like he’s 7 feet tall, he felt so good in the idea to take on Kyler. And that was the big story. It was probably less than a month away from the draft. So he’s so confident about it. “
McVay played the prank in Los Angeles, where he, Kingsbury and former Red Raiders quarterback Patrick Mahomes (whom Kingsbury coached in college) had dinner. The Rams coach changed a friend’s contact information on his own phone to read “Roger Goodell,” then texted them on his phone like he was the NFL commissioner.
“So he texts me, ‘Hey, you know better than that. You and Kingsbury are both in big trouble for tampering,'” McVay said.
He showed the exchange to the Cardinals coach, saying Goodell had never texted him and that meant it had to be serious.
“This guy looked like he was about to throw up,” McVay said. “I mean, he still has a good tan and a nice glow. He was as white as my walls behind me. He was ready to throw up. And I wanted to let him go.… It was probably 30 seconds that got me. probably seemed like three hours to him. I said, ‘Just kidding.’ I don’t think he ate the rest of the meal. “
Kingsbury, who was also on the podcast, replied, “I didn’t eat the rest of the trip.”
Here’s a video from McVay detailing the stuffing:
Luckily for Kingsbury, he was able to retain the team’s No.1 pick, which the Cardinals used to select Murray. But what is it like for a “welcome to the NFL” moment?