Hawks fans want to build statue of Sherman's famous 'tip' play

Hawks fans want to build statue of Sherman's famous 'tip' play »Play Video
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman tips a pass intended for San Francisco 49ers' Michael Crabtree (15) in the final seconds of the second half of the NFL football NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle.

SEATTLE -- Two Seahawks fans are raising money to build a bronze statue of Richard Sherman's famous defensive tipaway in the last moments of the NFC championship game - the play that sent Seattle to Super Bowl XLVIII and has come to be known as "The Tip."

The sculpture will feature the famous image of Sherman tipping 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's pass away from S.F. receiver Michael Crabtree. The project's organizers, Joe Michaels and Chris Bauer, said the statue will be built so that people can stand in the right place to "intercept" the pass, as Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith did during the actual play Jan. 19 at CenturyLink Field.

That moment "makes every Seahawks fan's hair on the back of their neck stand up and tingle," Michaels said Monday during their announcement on Sports Radio KJR. "That was a moment that was so perfect and so important to this city.

"We thought, if that moment meant so much to so many people, it's worth celebrating in a big way like never before."

Michaels and Bauer, who both work for Microsoft, said they have a goal of raising $250,000 for the statue via the crowdfunding website Indiegogo. Their campaign will go live on Indiegogo at 12:12 p.m. July 28; anyone will be able to contribute by going to their project's website, BuildTheTip.com.

The bronze statue is slated to be created by local sculptor and Seahawks fan Kevin Pattelle, whose work includes the J.P. Patches statue in Fremont. It could take months or a year to build the sculpture. No conceptual design renderings were available as of Monday.

"This statue is going to be insane. It's fan-interactive. The entire team will be represented in the statue; we wanted it to be about the team," said Bauer, who tried describing their vision. "It's going to have this incredible waveform that's pushing Sherman out of the ground. … What is the base and the foundation if not the team?"

Michaels added: "There's going to be a leaping Sherman figure who will be tipping a ball, and there's going to be a Crabtree. And we're going to have, next to it, a space for fans. … Fans can come up next to it and pose with it and be Malcolm Smith, waiting to receive the tip."

While Michaels and Bauer said they'd like the statue to be installed near CenturyLink Field, they have yet to find a location. They called on Seahawks fans to let the team and owner Paul Allen know, via social media, where they would like the sculpture to be installed.

"We want this moment to be remembered by Seahawk fans and the city of Seattle forever," Bauer said

When it happened Jan. 19 at CenturyLink Field, "The Tip" - and all the hoopla that surrounded it - was instantly seared into the memories of all Seahawks fans.

There was radio commentator Warren Moon's gleeful screech as Sherman tipped the ball away from Crabtree.

There was the eruption of euphoria as the 12th Man realized the Seahawks were headed to the Super Bowl. There was Sherman's leap into the end-zone stands as Seahawks fans cheered and danced in jubilation.

There was his doomed handshake with Crabtree, when the rival shoved Sherman as Sherman extended his hand. And, of course, there was the infamous postgame interview with Fox sideline reporter Erin Andrews. And all the drama that followed for two weeks on national television.

Yet while the rest of the country may most remember the play for the postgame controversy, Seahawks fans remember "The Tip" as one of the greatest plays in Seattle sports history. After all, it was the play that gave the Seahawks a chance at their first-ever Vince Lombardi Trophy - which Seattle convincingly won 43-8 against the Denver Broncos on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium.