With a simple two-word inscription on an autographed photo, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has strengthened his grasp on the title of Public Enemy No. 1 among 49ers fans.
Sherman wrote those words on a photo of the Colin Kaepernick pass intended for Michael Crabtree that he tipped into the hands of Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith for the game-clinching interception in the waning moments of the NFC Championship game.
While at a show over the weekend in Chantilly, Va., Sherman and Steve Costello, executive vice president of Steiner Sports Marketing and Memorabilia, brainstormed for ideas of what Sherman could write on the “tip photo.”
“From a collectable standpoint, you’re looking for something unique,” Costello said.
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Costello suggested, “Sorry Crabtree,” a tongue-in-cheek recommendation, he said. Sherman liked the idea. He signed only four or five photos with the inscription for the Steiner Sports inventory while at the show that featured more than 70 current and former athletes.
No photos with the “Sorry Crabtree” inscription are in the hands of the public, Costello said. In the next week or so, those autographed photos – along with prints of Sherman asking New England quarterback Tom Brady, “U mad bro?" – could be available at SteinerSports.com.
Costello said he is not sure exactly how the prints will be made available. They could be awarded, he said, in fan-appreciation contests through social media.
“We’re surprised how much attention those photos have gotten,” Costello said.
While 49ers fans mostly detest Sherman, Costello said he came away from the weekend with a positive impression after spending a lot of time with Sherman.
“He’s a very impressive, intelligent young man,” Costello said. “He showed a lot of respect for the older guys there. He spent a lot of time with Dave Parker.”
Parker, a former Major League Baseball player, is battling Parkinson's disease.
Sherman, the former Stanford standout, caused an uproar in the moments after the Seahawks' victory over the 49ers in the NFC Championship game in a live on-field TV interview.
“I’m the best corner in the game,” Sherman shouted during his postgame interview with FOX’s Erin Andrews, “when you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you’re going to get.”