Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman is an engaging figure and a great player, but there are reasons fans don't like him.
Sherman, the biggest talker in the NFL, made the play of the NFC championship, a fantastic pass breakup on a throw to Michael Crabtree in the end zone that linebacker Malcolm Smith intercepted as he was trailing the play. The play basically ended the game, as the Seahawks took a few knees to end a 23-17 win. Sherman didn't need to do anything else. He would be lauded as a hero.
But he just couldn't help himself.
Sherman went over and slapped Crabtree on the behind, which he didn't need to do. Instead of celebrating the fact that the Seahawks just locked up their second-ever trip to the Super Bowl, Sherman gave the choke sign to the 49ers. And he was just warming up.
Fox's Erin Andrews got him on the field right after the game ended for an interview and asked him about the play.
"I'm the best corner in the game!" Sherman yelled. "When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that's what you're going to get. Don't you ever talk about me!"
Andrews, seemingly shocked and a little put off, asked who was talking about him.
"Crabtree," Sherman said. "Don't you open your mouth about the best. Or I'm going to shut it for you real quick!"
And Andrews threw it back to the booth, perhaps before Sherman could say something that the FCC wouldn't like. It was one of the most bizarre postgame interviews ever.
Sherman is a great player and made one of the biggest plays of the postseason to end a tense 23-17 game.
But yet, his antics after the play are probably going to get just as much attention as the play itself.
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