Seattle punched its ticket to Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday night with a win over San Francisco, but all anyone has been talking about since is Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s post-game interview.
With time to reflect on his rant towards 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree, Sherman decided to issue an apology. ESPN’s Ed Werder received the following in a text message from Sherman on Monday:
“I apologize for attacking an individual and taking the attention away from the fantastic game by my teammates … That was not my intent.”
Sherman also stated on the “SVP and Russilo” show on Monday that he would have done things differently if given another chance.
“Obviously I could have worded things better and could obviously have had a better reaction and done things differently,” he said. “But it is what it is now, and people’s reactions are what they are.”
With San Francisco driving and time ticking down on the game, Sherman sealed the deal for Seattle. He tipped a pass intended for Crabtree, which was intercepted by Malcolm Smith.
Sherman and Crabtree’s beef allegedly dates back to last summer when the two had a run-in at Larry Fitzgerald’s charity event. Crabtree reportedly tried to fight Sherman, who ended up vowing to embarrass the 49ers wide receiver. On Sunday night that opportunity came. Sherman made one of the biggest plays in Seattle history, on one of his biggest rivals, and then proceeded to let the world know about it afterwards.
Some may be quick to judge Sherman’s antics, but you can’t fault a passionate guy for wearing his emotions on his sleeve. After all, he did just send his team to its second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. Most coaches would kill for a guy with his personality in their locker room.