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How Richard Sherman became a 49ers fan favorite in short order

I remember telling my wife the San Francisco 49ers signed veteran cornerback Richard Sherman back in 2018 NFL free agency. She, like many a Niners fan, was disgusted by the idea. Sherman was, after all, public enemy No. 1 and the bane of every 49ers fan everywhere.

Now, he was with San Francisco.

It’s not hard recalling why Niners fans hated him so much. There were the outspoken moments, the tip drill and postgame rant about then-49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree following the Seattle Seahawks’ victory in the 2014 NFC Championship game. Sherman and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson then dug into some turkey on Thanksgiving right in the middle of Levi’s Stadium later that same year.