It’s been a little over a week since Richard Sherman made that glorious NFC Championship-ending tip play, sending the 49ers packing, and immediately confronted Michael Crabtree, only to be shoved away in the face by his nemesis. Since then, Sherman has had time to reflect on his actions, and he’s come to the conclusion that, ya know, maybe getting in the face of Crabtree, in that moment in time, the way he did, wasn’t such a grand idea.
We have audio confirmation that Sherman approached Crabtree shouting, “Good game! Good game!”—probably with some sincerity, but probably mostly to troll. Crabtree, of course, responded with the biggest GTFOH face smack in Seattle since that one season of “The Real World.”
No one has ever made himself great by showing how small someone else is. That’s not mine. It belongs to Irvin Himmel. Somebody tweeted it at me after the NFC Championship Game. If I could pass a lesson on to the kids it would be this: Don’t attack anybody. I shouldn’t have attacked Michael Crabtree the way I did. You don’t have to put anybody else down to make yourself bigger.
We love Richard Sherman. Everything about him—the bravado, the swagger, and how he backs it all up with his superior play and devotion to the game. And while we’re glad to hear he’s big enough to acknowledge the error of his ways, we hope he never loses the brand of intensity now synonymous with his name, especially this Sunday on the big stage. We love being entertained after plays just as much as we do during them, whether it be with trash talk, flamboyant touchdown celebrations or crazy postgame interviews with Erin Andrews. Which is why we were glad to see him end his column with this:
Maybe I deserved a fine under today’s rules, but back when football was raw and unsanitized, the same things they fined guys for now were the aspects of the game that people loved. The NFL once allowed players to live in the moment and be entertainers. I may have been wrong in my gestures, but if I had to do it all again, I’d probably do some of the same things. It was a big moment, and it was how I felt at the time.