After jawing with Michael Crabtree, giving a passionate post-game interview, and celebrating in the locker room with teammates, Richard Sherman sat down and wrote an article for Sports Illustrated.
In the column he details the final moments of the dramatic NFC Championship Game, the interview, and many different fan reactions.
On what transpired between Sherman and Crabtree, the cornerback claims he tried saying “good game,” but was rebuffed. He also offers a backhanded compliment to Colin Kaepernick.
I ran over to Crabtree to shake his hand but he ignored me. I patted him, stuck out my hand and said, “Good game, good game.” That’s when he shoved my face, and that’s when I went off.
I threw a choking sign at 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Why? Because he decided he was going to try the guy he was avoiding all game, because, I don’t know, he’s probably not paying attention for the game-winning play. C’mon, you’re better than that.
In regards to his interview, Sherman explains that he was in the heat of the moment, and that his self-aggrandizing proclamation was layered.
It was loud, it was in the moment, and it was just a small part of the person I am. I don’t want to be a villain, because I’m not a villainous person. When I say I’m the best cornerback in football, it’s with a caveat: There isn’t a great defensive backfield in the NFL that doesn’t have a great front seven. Everything begins with pressure up front, and that’s what we get from our pass rushers every Sunday.
Sherman also discusses inappropriate fan behavior, both from people on the Internet and uncouth 12th Man supporters.
But people find it easy to take shots on Twitter, and to use racial slurs and bullying language far worse than what you’ll see from me. It’s sad and somewhat unbelievable to me that the world is still this way, but it is. I can handle it.
One thing I can’t accept is what I read after the game about Seahawks fans throwing food at 49ers linebacker Navorro Bowman as he was being carted off the field with his knee injury. If it’s true, it’s beyond terrible. That’s as low as it gets. I’m sure whoever did this is in a small minority of fans, because I don’t think that kind of action is an accurate representation of the character of the 12th man…. All players deserve better than that.
Perhaps the most powerful quote in the article is in response to the knee-jerk reaction by viewers, and how people should perceive each other.
To those who would call me a thug or worse because I show passion on a football field—don’t judge a person’s character by what they do between the lines. Judge a man by what he does off the field, what he does for his community, what he does for his family.
Overall, it’s a very forthright, honest address from one of the game’s most bombastic players. He knifes through the game, and addresses layered characters of the individual – player or fan. For the entire article, click here.