SANTA CLARA — Michael Crabtree was interviewed next to his locker Thursday afternoon. Here’s a transcript.
Q: Are you good to go?
Q: Are you going to practice today?
Q: The calf injury was minor?
Q: How excited are you to play the Cowboys?
CRABTREE: I think my family is more excited than I am. I’m excited, man. I’m going back and instead of selling popcorn and hot dogs in the stands for the Cowboys, being able to play them — that’s a big change. Anybody would have to be excited for that.
Q: How old were you when you did that?
CRABTREE: From six years old to 10, 11.
Q: Popcorn and hot dogs?
CRABTREE: Everything. I was just watching the games.
Q: Were you a pretty good salesman?
CRABTREE: I would like to say I’m a pretty good salesman.
Q: Did you go carrying the stuff through the stands?
CRABTREE: Six, I was working at the concession stand. By the time I was 10 I was walking through the stands.
Q: How much has this week cost you financially?
CRABTREE: Financially? Is that a private question?
Q: How many tickets did you buy for your family?
CRABTREE: I don’t know. Probably like 70, something like that.
Q: Where do things stand with you and your contract?
CRABTREE: All I think about is football. Right now we’re thinking about the Cowboys. We’ve got a lot of things to think about. I don’t worry about all of that. I let it handle itself.
Q: NFL Network reported that you and the 49ers are making progress toward a new contract.
CRABTREE: I wish I could talk to you about the contract but I can’t. We don’t really need to be talking about no contract right now. I ain’t going to answer no more questions. Y’all can keep asking me but I’m not going to answer nothing about the contract. Anything about football and this game is good.
Q: What’s your evaluation of the Cowboys’ defense?
CRABTREE: The team overall is good. Every team you play in the NFL is going to be good. A lot of talent. It’s going to be a competitive game. I can’t wait to show up.
Q: Who were some of your favorite Cowboys growing up?
CRABTREE: Troy Aikman, Deion, Michael Irvin. I used to like Alvin Harper, too.
Q: Which one of those wide receivers did you pattern your game after?
CRABTREE: I’m pretty much myself. You get little things from guys. When you see me going up for a jump ball, I’m like Alvin Harper. When you see me in the middle catching the ball I’d say I’m more like Michael Irvin. Those guys were great. I’m just trying to get there.
Q: Did you ever get any Cowboys autographs when you were a kid?
CRABTREE: A lot of them. Towels, gloves. I was the only little league player with NFL gear on. For real.
Q: Were you there 14 years ago when Terrell Owens stormed to the middle of the field?
CRABTREE: I wasn’t there but I’ve been thinking about it.
Q: Have you met any of those Cowboys?
CRABTREE: I know all those guys. I’ve known those guys since I was young. Troy Aikman, I talk to him every time I see him. He’ll give me some advice. Michael Irvin, I’ve been knowing him since I was a kid.