Sherman, alongside Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Brandon Browner and Byron Maxwell made up the league’s most formidable secondary, and they weren’t ones to back down from any challenge.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree learned that the hard way. After he supposedly was talking smack to Sherman before the 2013-14 NFC Championship Game, Richard Sherman proceeded to bury him in one of the greatest postgame interviews of all time.
Richard Sherman Interview
Interviewed by Fox Sports’ sideline reporter Erin Andrews, Sherman proceeded to call 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree a “sorry receiver” before declaring himself as the “best corner in the game.” He stormed off in celebration before Andrews had the chance to ask a follow-up question.
Sherman’s rant is one of the greatest in football history. The All-Pro and self-proclaimed best cornerback in the league held Crabtree to just four receptions for 52 yards without a touchdown in the title game, and made a key pass deflection in the end zone.
Fellow Seahawks defenders Malcolm Smith and Kam Chancellor recorded interceptions against Niners QB Colin Kaepernick, holding it down for the L.O.B. While fans on social media didn’t have the fondest reaction to Sherman’s outburst, it’s a moment that folks will never forget.
The Seahawks would advance to the Super Bowl where they demolished the Denver Broncos 43-8, in a game during which the Stanford University product had three tackles and a pass breakup.
Sherman would later sit down with ESPN and discuss the interview with Erin Andrews, saying that “it’s ball man, it’s a competitive game” before adding “the tape don’t lie” referring to his shutdown of Crabtree during the game.
Ironically, Sherman would later become a member of the San Francisco 49ers, having signed a three-year deal with the organization in 2018.