Richard Sherman is not a pro wrestler, but he may be building a resume worthy of a shot at World Wrestling Entertainment when he no longer plays football.
All in the span of two minutes, Sherman a Seattle Seahawks defensive back became the hero by making the play of the game. Then he followed it up with the quote of the day and broke the Internet (not really).
The NFC Championship Game was decided when Sherman made the game-saving play. Sherman deflected a Colin Kaepernick pass that was intended for San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree in the end zone. The ball was intercepted by linebacker Malcolm Smith with 22 seconds remaining to seal the Seahawks’ 23-17 victory.
After the game, Sherman, took a shot at Crabtree.
“I’m the best corner(back) in the game,” Sherman said on the field immediately after the game. “When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you going to get.”
After the game Sherman took to Twitter to defend his end of game statements.
He tweeted, “There was a lot of talk before the game.... Now I’m the bad guy lol.... Well if u judge my character on the field .... So many glass houses.”
Is it just me or is there a bit of hypocrisy going on here. I’m not saying I like the way Sherman said what he did, but I certainly appreciate his candor. I love watching Peyton Manning in every facet of the game. He is the consummate professional. But at the end of the game, when he is asked a question, before he answers, I can probably write his response better than he can. There’s nothing wrong with that.
Teams are very diverse. Not every player is like Peyton Manning. Would Sherman say the same thing had he had time to cool off? Maybe he would worded it differently. Would I want him to? Not ever.
How quickly we forget as Americans that we have appreciated the confident athlete. Muhammad Ali, arguably the greatest boxer ever, made a living demoralizing his opponents in the media in months leading up to his fights. He was adored.
“It’s hard to be humble, when you’re as great as I am,” said Ali.
As a journalist, I give Sherman praise for saying what he felt and meaning it. That was heartfelt. He feels he is the greatest corner in the game. That’s debatable. He also tells his opponents to beware.
I’m saddened that Sherman has been tagged as classless and a thug. I wonder would if Ali, would be considered classless even though just like Sherman, he backed up everything he said too?
On Monday Sherman apologized for the right reason. Not because his behavior was thuggish, but rather he felt his speech took away from the game. I agree.
“I apologize for attacking an individual and taking the attention away from the fantastic game by my teammates ... That was not my intent,” Sherman said Monday in a text message to ESPN’s Ed Werder.