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: