Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has apologized for his offensive rant on San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree after Sunday night's NFC Championship win.

Sherman deflected the Colin Kaepernick pass intended for Crabtree in the end zone, allowing it to fall into the grasp of Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith and sealing a 23-17 win and a Super Bowl tie against the Denver Broncos.

In an interview with Fox's Erin Andrews, Sherman said: "I'm the best corner in the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like [Michael] Crabtree, that's the result you're going to get. Don't you ever talk about me."

The comments caused outrage across the country and Sherman has moved quickly to patch things up with his counterpart.

"I apologize for attacking an individual and taking the attention away from the fantastic game by my teammates ... That was not my intent," Sherman said Monday in a text message to ESPN.

Then speaking on ESPIN Radio, Sherman reiterated: "Obviously I could have worded things better and could obviously have had a better reaction and done things differently. But it is what it is now, and people's reactions are what they are."

Once Sherman had deflected the pass he could be seen berating Crabtree with a pat on the backside and the offer of a handshake, which was duly rejected. Instead Sherman got a shove in the face and a personal foul as he continued to celebrate.

"I was making sure everyone knew Crabtree was a mediocre receiver," Sherman said in his postgame news conference. "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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