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Friday, March 12, 2010
Baskett talks about onside struggle

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Maybe he’s spoken about it, but if he did I missed it. I’m glad reporters in Philly asked Hank Baskett about botching the Saints’ onside kick that started the second half of Super Bowl XLIV and turned the game.

Of course he downplays his first chance at the ball, which he had a clean shot at even after being surprised -- it bounced off his face mask.

A few days after the game, I tried to get Baskett to talk about it, but his agent passed.

Courtesy of the Eagles PR staff, here’s that snippet of his interview after rejoining the Eagles:
On whether he caught any flack for losing the onside kick in the Super Bowl:

“I thought everybody was going to come down on me for it. As everybody knows, anybody who follows football, one play does not change the game. It sucks that the first onside kick in history before the fourth quarter had to happen to me. It was a battle underneath the pile, but I actually haven’t been just beaten down about it. I knew I was probably going to catch some grief. Of course, it’s the biggest game of the year, but not what I was expecting or anybody else was expecting.”

On whether he knew that the onside kick was coming:

“I took the step, I took the steps back and then I saw it coming. I went and it took a bad bounce and I don’t know how I had a second chance. I crawled under everybody and got back on it. It was a long time underneath there. Guys on our team attested that they heard it was ‘blue ball’ so when I started getting up, another guy poked it out and that’s how the guy got it. It was a long battle. I’ll tell you, it seemed like we were down there for a good half hour.”