“When the guy hit me, he hit me all in the face. I’m not tripping. I’m not one to whine about nothing, but he hit me all in the face and I couldn’t really see after he hit me.”
– Michael Crabtree, wide receiver, San Francisco 49ers
The phrase, ‘When the lights went out at the Super Bowl in New Orleans’ now has one more meaning.
During the last three plays of the last Super Bowl, Baltimore’s defense was focusing on wide receiver Michael Crabtree of the San Francisco 49ers. For a good reason. During the 2012 NFL football wagering season, once Colin Kaepernick became San Francisco’s starting quarterback, Crabtree became a very popular target. With Kaepernick throwing, and Crabtree catching, the 49ers increased their down-field passing plays.
Recently, Crabtree told a YouWager news source that when he got close to the goal line on the third down, Jimmy Smith, a cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens, hit him so hard, he lost the ability to see. Smith hit Crabtree in the face.
Crabtree told YouWager’s source, “They hit me, I really couldn’t see. … Then [my vision] just came back. It’s not concussion-like.”
As YouWager’s dedicated NFL football wagering fans will remember, the 49ers were second-and-goal from the 5-yard line, and three passing plays, targeting Crabtree were all incomplete. The Baltimore Ravens got the ball back on downs with less than two minutes remaining on the clock. After they had lost much of the lead they had built before the lights went out for 34 minutes, the Ravens eventually took an intentional safety to win the Super Bowl 34-31.
Many Internet football wagering fans were shocked at the casual attitude Crabtree seemed to have about describing the force of the hit.
Crabtree knows all about playing against tough teams. Prior to becoming a wide receiver for the 49ers, he was one of the country’s top college players. Before settling on Texas Tech University, Crabtree fielded offers from Baylor, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Kansas as well. The versatile athlete excelled at basketball, too. Texas Tech coach Bobby Knight asked Crabtree to make a choice, and football won. Crabtree broke the school’s season record for the most touchdown receptions by a freshman.
Crabtree told YouWager’s source that his vision loss was temporary, and it returned before the next play. But the most frightening part of Crabtree’s story for many sportsbook bettors is that Crabtree did not think losing his vision for a short period of time was anything unusual for a competitive player in the NFL. He said, “When you get hit in football, it’s going to feel like you can’t see. It’s going to feel intense. But it snapped back. It happens all the time in football.”