Michael Crabtree: I'll Have the Crab Cake, Please

Tad ShelbyContributor IJune 28, 2009

SANTA CLARA, CA - MAY 01:  Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during practice as quaterback Alex Smith #11 practices during the 49ers Minicamp at their training facilities on May 1, 2009 in Santa Clara, California. Crabtree was the 49ers first round draft pick.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

This delicious SF crab cake recipe is not easy to prepare, but will be a hit with family and guests—as long as they are 49er fans.

  •     214 pounds crab meat, picked free of shells
  •     one-third cup crushing physicality in a 6'3" frame
  •     two cups of finely tuned ball sucking hands
  •     one cup of OMG speed
  •     half cup of green rookie respect for the veterans
  •     one teaspoon great attitude in the locker room
  •     absolutely no lemon juice
  •     dip in Ton's O Fun sauce

I was thrilled when the 49ers landed the best receiver coming out of college since Calvin Johnson, but news of his terrific attitude is icing on the crab cake.

Distant sources that have hung with Crabtree personally during draft week (frankly, I should qualify that this is pure, unadulterated hearsay) inform me that Crabtree was thrilled to become a 49er; he is earnestly friendly, fun, and an all-around decent guy. That might not sound like much, but in Niner-land, we crave things to root for, and for people to get behind.

Unlike the "Staff Infection" that landed in Detroit, Crab Cakes is a genuine, decent person, and a supremely gifted athlete. The former goes with the latter far less often than most NFL fans wish.

When people learned that Michael's NFL career was to begin in the land of pride parades, the label Crab Cakes was born. Well, we love crab cakes and we'll take good care of this one. Three pieces of advice: work hard, play hard, and keep your head down, or Singletary will bite it off.