… Everett was reportedly “shellshocked” from the numerous times he was sacked and hit in the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers … At one point in the game, Everett was so rattled that he collapsed to the ground in the pocket in anticipation of yet another sack, even though the 49ers’ defensive players actually had not yet reached him – a play now known as Everett’s “Phantom Sack”.
From then on he was perceived to shy away from hits, and later acknowledged that his confidence was never fully restored.
This eventually led to a confrontation in 1994 with then Talk2 host Jim Rome. Rome had regularly mocked Everett’s aversion to taking hits on the field by addressing him as “Chris” Everett (a reference to female tennis player Chris Evert). When Everett appeared as a guest on Talk2, Rome wasted no time, applying the insult twice within the show’s first 30 seconds. Everett warned Rome not to do so again, implying that physical confrontation would ensue otherwise. When Rome did, Everett overturned the table between them and shoved Rome to the floor while still on the air.