Seattle Seahawks corner Richard Sherman is not afraid to talk on camera.
The outspoken All-Pro was flagged for taunting 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree after the interception, but that wasn't enough for him.
Sherman decided to take advantage of his brief time in the spotlight by calling Crabtree out during an epic rant while being interviewed by FOX's Erin Andrews after the game, via cjzerovids:
UPDATE: Monday, January 20, 6:13 p.m. ET
One day after the rant, ESPN's Ed Werder tweeted an apology that Sherman issued:
Seahawks CB @RSherman_25 tells me just now he regrets putting himself ahead of his team with postgame remarks: "I apologize for attacking ..— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) January 20, 2014
More @RSherman_25: "attacking an individual and taking the attention away from the fantastic game by my teammates. That was not my intent.''— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) January 20, 2014
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UPDATE: Monday, January 20, 8:38 p.m. ET
Andrews was put in a tough spot on Sunday night, but she had no problem defending Sherman publicly on Monday. The reporter spoke to Newsday's Neil Best on the phone about Sherman:
We expect these guys to play like absolute animals and beasts for 60 minutes and then probably 90 seconds to two minutes later, [we expect] you're going to be composed. That's why this has blown up, because we don't see athletes really show pure emotions like that.
I was thinking, here we go, here's one other thing for the critics. My face when I was listening to him wasn't, 'I'm freaking out, or I'm scared, or I'm frightened.' It was, 'OK, I've got to ask a follow-up question, and it better be on point or I'm going to get crucified.
I wasn't nervous; I wasn't scared. I have met with him three to four times. I actually really like him . . . He is smarter than probably all of us put together and he just went nuts -- in a good way.
She's right. Right after the game, Sherman was still pretty hyped up about his play and the team's victory. In later interviews, Sherman was much calmer.
Andrews didn't mind how the interview went, so there's no hard feelings.
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Crabtree later responded to what Sherman had to say on Twitter:
That was followed by these tweets from Sherman:
Thank you 12s we appreciate you!!! We love you! Thank you! I love my teammates!!! Best teammates in the world along with the fans!— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) January 20, 2014
A lion doesn't concern himself with the opinions of a sheep.— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) January 20, 2014
Andrews gave her reaction to the interview on Twitter:
Richard Sherman gave a candid response seconds after an emotional game..looking forward to a great Super Bowl matchup— Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews) January 20, 2014
Indianapolis Colts long snapper Matt Overton, who made the 2014 Pro Bowl, had some choice words for Sherman (Warning: Tweet contains NSFW language):
WOW Sherman is a douche .... He's good .... But I remember when TY Hilton dominated you— Matt Overton (@MattOverton_LS) January 20, 2014
FOX 19's Jeremy Rauch is probably right:
Erin Andrews was scared for her life. My goodness.— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) January 20, 2014
Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander believes somebody would've sent Sherman a message if the corner played a different sport:
So Russell is a class act! Sherman on the other hand.... If he played baseball would get a high and tight fastball.— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) January 20, 2014
ESPN's Trey Wingo said what everyone is thinking:
RIchard Sherman for a week, including media day? Yes please— trey wingo (@wingoz) January 20, 2014