If a professional athlete participates in an iconic moment in sports history and comes up on the winning side of the competition and there’s a great photo that documents the play, then the athlete can forever be defined by that moment.
For example: On January 10, 1982Â Joe MontanaÂ tookÂ a snap at the Dallas six yard line, sprinted right and lofted a pass over the heads of threeÂ defensiveÂ playersÂ to a streaking Dwight Clark who leapt high above Everson Walls in the back of the end zone to catchÂ theÂ ball that sentÂ the 49ersÂ to Super Bowl XVI. It’s simply know as “The Catch“.
Fast forward 32 years to Century Link Field where on January 19, 2014 the Seattle Seahawks hosted the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game. Seattle led 23-17 with 3:37 to go in the game. Colin KaepernickÂ drove the 49ers from their own 22 down to the Seattle 18 in six playsÂ and, with about thirty seconds to go, threw a pass to the back of the end zone where Michael CrabtreeÂ positioned himselfÂ to make the catch. Not this time. Richard Sherman spun and leapt high into the airÂ to tipÂ the ball with his left hand into the hands of his teammate Malcom Smith for the interception that ended the game and sent the Seahawks to Super Bowl XLVIII. It will be simply known as “The Tip“.
It was captured on film by Jonathan Ferrey (Getty Images).
That image and the post-game interview with Erin Andrews is nowÂ what defines Richard Sherman. Put the image together with the attitude, and you get this:
You can buy the shirt from Teespring right here.
It’s on sale for just two more days, The first round of sales ended February 17th, but a second sale has been launched and will go on through March 3rd, and a third launch runs through March 16th. The second sale included an optionÂ for the color of Crabtree’s sorry hands (green or red), but that optionÂ has been dropped for theÂ third launch.
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Update: They often relaunch this shirt on Teespring, so keep checking the links to see if you can buy one.