Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) after the Seattle Seahawks intercepted a pass thrown by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) (not pictured) during the 2013 NFC Championship football game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated San Francisco 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Richard Sherman rant named 'Best TV Moment' in 2014

Even though Richard Sherman told Michael Crabtree not to ever talk about him, the rest of America didn’t get the memo, catapulting Sherman into the limelight of entertainment at the end of the NFC title game in January.

Forbes.com recently published “The 14 Best Moments on TV In The First Half of 2014″ and Sherman’s infamous interview with FOX’s Erin Andrews came in at No. 1.

Forbes.com’s Dade Hayes compiled the list and said this about the top spot:

The NFC Championship Game was already a barn-burner that came down to the last play between two bitter rivals. But when Seattle defensive back Sherman came up big against Michael Crabtree’s San Francisco 49ers and was asked about it seconds later by Fox’s on-field reporter Erin Andrews, his ultra-assertive reply went viral. The resulting furor, which revolved around the perennially fraught topic of race, made Sherman a pop culture celebrity and cemented the NFL’s place of primacy on American TV. 

The Sherman rant beat out some pretty good must-see TV on the Forbes list, including the Academy Awards, the World Cup and TV show moments from Mad Men and Orange is the New Black, among others.

Sports fans knew of Richard Sherman prior to the interview, but afterwards, he became a household name across America.

“Well, I’m the best corner in the game,” Sherman exclaimed during the interview. “When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you gonna get! Don’t you ever talk about me!”

Days after the interview, Sherman apologized without apologizing, saying he “probably shouldn’t have attacked another person” and regretted taking away “the fantastic performances from my teammates,” via NPR.org.

The backlash that came against Sherman was severe and the moment became controversial moments after it happened.

And yet, most Seahawks fans don’t really mind. If you’ll recall, Sherman offered sportsmanship to Crabtree right after the game ended by trying to shake his hand, but Crabtree pushed Sherman’s facemask away.

I don’t think Sherman was in the wrong to be excited and he has always been a vocal player with an extensive vocabulary. It’s just part of his game.

Sherman can back up his talk on the field, and that’s why he is so hated.

If you would like to relive the interview’s greatness, here it is:

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  • wheelz808

    Yes! Pure, raw, unadulterated passion from a warrior moments after “the kill”! More than anything, people were shocked by the emotion poring from Sherman. While he did blast Crabtree as a “sorry receiver”, he did it with the swearing or otherwise politically incorrect statement that would have made “the rant” embarrassing to children, adults (other than thugs, smh) that most of his critics accused him of. This outburst opened the eyes of many to the bias of a perceived scary, profanity laced insult (?) vs. an honest emotional, adrenaline filled response. Richard apologized, but only to the extent that he allowed the world to glimpse the gladiator mindset of an NFL player. Most could not handle that, maybe now they at least understand.

    • Linkdeville

      I saw his apology and was thoroughly upset about it. I felt like he owed no one (not even the kids) and apology. If anything, anyone worried about the kids seeing this should have used it as a teaching point. Take what I told my high school DB football playing son, “This is what it’s all about. Take something from what RS25 did and make it special for you. Appreciate what real passion is and I promise you-you too will put a dent in someone’s offense.” My son is going to be a well spoken, educated, BEAST!!!! LSU 2K17 bound.

      • wheelz808

        I think his “apology” was needed to calm down the hate. People calling him an “uneducated thug” and racist comments about his looks are what upset me. Hail to the Shermanator!
        Best of luck to you & your son, may he rival RS in words, education and passion.

        • Linkdeville

          Although I felt like he owed no one an apology, the man I am leaves me with no choice but to agree with your comment. In fact, your thoughts actually crossed my mind as well. I mean the man is exactly what kids who are growing up underprivileged need to bare witness to. It’s a shame how in today’s America some people gravitate towards negativity but turn a cold shoulder to positivity. What he did was absolutely great for the game and what was to come…the Super Bowl. Because of him, the ratings were through the roof! Thanks for the word of encouragement from both my son and me. Just to add, I actually tell my son playing sports is plan B…education and building a foundation for him to be a great (societal productive) man is plan A. God Bless you and yours Sir.

  • Chris Coffman

    Shreman is the man. LOB is vicious. This was poorly edited but made me laugh. http://theupfl.com/2014/06/seattle-mayor-thanks-sherman-for-economic-collapse/

  • Linkdeville

    It’s about time people show some love for passion. I was once told, “A man who never concedes to passion is destined for heartache.” Never mind who it was directed at, RS25 deserves to have that moment because it was real. I am a real fan.

  • joe

    Loved it then and love it to this day. GO HAWKS!

    • Linkdeville

      I could not agree more, and this is coming from a Saints fan. However, I am a sports fan 1st so I agree…Go Hawks!