Michael Crabtree isn’t taking the bait.
The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver isn’t interested in trading barbs with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman who opened up his mouth again to voice his disdain for Crabtree, and by disdain, I mean Sherman said he wants to “choke out” Crabtree.
The two have a feud that exploded during the NFC Championship Game last season when the two battles all game with the culmination coming in the final seconds after Sherman deflected a pass intended for Crabtree in the end zone with the 49ers trailing, that ended up being intercepted and clinched the victory for Seattle.
Sherman’s famous rant on Fox after the game to Erin Andrews has been viewed more than two million times on YouTube, but Crabtree insists he’s focused on football and not talking on TV.
“I don’t get into talking about these guys. I concentrate on football. It’s my life. I don’t have too much to prove when it comes to talking on TV. I’m a baller,” Crabtree told ESPN via Pro Football Talk.
While Sherman continues to open his mouth, Crabtree continues to handle this with great restraint and class rather than getting into a war of words with the game’s biggest mouth–and best cornerback–but all eyes will be on these two when they first meet on Thanksgiving night in 2014.
Maybe the holiday spirit will prevail or maybe the millions who enjoy the trash talk will have something else to be thankful about.