Sherman wants to “choke him out” in every game they play against each other.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman still hasn’t forgotten about his run-in with San Francisco 49ers star Michael Crabtree and still holds a grudge.
Sherman’s rant on national TV after the NFC Championship Game last year became an instant hit, with most of his anger directed at Crabtree after he tipped a pass intended for the 49ers wide receiver which was intercepted by Malcolm Smith.
The play sealed a 23-17 victory for the Seahawks and sent them to the Super Bowl where they defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8.
After describing himself as the “best cornerback in the game”, he went on to add: “When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you’re going to get. Don’t you ever talk about me.”
Sherman has since claimed that he regrets his rant and apologised for it, but it is clear that the animosity between the pair is still there and will likely continue when they cross paths again in the new season.
It is believed that Sherman’s issue with his rival dates back to words they exchanged at Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s charity softball game. Reports claim that Crabtree questioned Sherman’s game which ultimately led to their on-going feud.
“It’s not going to be something that goes away,” Sherman said, according to USA Today.
“I hope to play [Crabtree] every year for the rest of my career and choke him out. There’s not much else I can say about the subject. Nobody will understand it but him and me. That’s all that needs to [be understood].”
Sherman went on to insist that it is purely about Crabtree and told the ‘American Muscle’ show that it is much more than merely disliking his opponent.
The Seahawks star’s latest comments undoubtedly add further spice to the San Francisco and Seattle rivalry, and NFL fans will have to wait a little longer as the two teams clash on November 27 at the Levi’s Stadium.