Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman got the last word against San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.
Crabtree unleashed a verbal assault on Crabtree after deflecting a pass intended for Crabtree intercepted by linebacker Malcolm Smith in the end zone in the final minute during the Seahawks' 23-17 NFC championship game win to advance to the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos.
“I'm the best corner in the game,” Sherman said. “When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that's the result you going to get.”
Crabtree took issue with Sherman's comments.
“He's a TV guy, I'm not a TV guy,” Crabtree said. “He didn't make any other plays in the game. But he made a good play there. He can keep talking. You make one play and you talk? Good play.”
Sherman wasn't done criticizing Crabtree.
“He wouldn't make the top 20 of NFL receivers,” Sherman said. “If any team had a chance to pick Crabtree, they wouldn't draft him.”
There was an exchange between Sherman and Crabtree after the interception.
Sherman patted Crabtree on the butt and talked trash to him. Crabtree pushed Sherman in the facemask.
“I was making sure everyone knew Crabtree was a mediocre receiver,” Sherman said. “And when you try the best corner in the game with a mediocre receiver, that's what happens. I appreciate that he knows that now. There has been a lot of talk from him running his mouth about me.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun