Richard Sherman is the controversial cornerback who helped bring the Seattle Seahawks to a Super Bowl win earlier this year. However, he’s more famous for engaging in serious debates over his athletic performance, and “being the best in the league”.
The thing is the guy is a genius so it’s hard to really go toe-to-toe with him in a battle.
Sherman had a recent altercation over seemingly innocent comments made by fellow cornerback Patrick Peterson that ca be added to the book of infamous Shermanator rants…..
There’s no offseason for Richard Sherman’s trash talk.
It all started when Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson was asked about the contract Sherman signed last month that was worth $40 million guaranteed contract.
“I’m definitely observant of what [Sherman] got. Obviously by him being the highest paid cornerback, the goal for the guys that come after him is to be higher than him.”Peterson said.
This isn’t really trash talk, it’s lucid foresight from a young player looking ahead to his second contract. It also speaks to the inevitable growth of sports deals. Record-breaking contracts like Sherman’s quickly become obsolete. It’s like buying a new phone — there’s always something better around the corner.
Peterson went a little further with another line, but even these more-incendiary words didn’t bring much fire. When asked whether he was better than Sherman, Peterson barely took the bait.
“We’ll see. Got to ask the Cardinals. I mean, I think I am but at the end of the day both sides have to agree to terms and we’ll see what those terms are and hopefully sooner than later.”
But to Sherman, it was like a declaration of war.
(Wait, did he just have that picture sitting on his desktop, waiting to use it the first time someone dared challenge his cornerback crown? Richard Sherman’s gotta have at least six Google alerts for himself, right?)
I love Sherman’s bluster. The NFL needs interesting characters and it’s best when said characters have the talent to back up their bravado.
But is the best defensive player in the NFL getting a bit too defensive?
Remember his rant about Michael Crabtree after the NFC championship when Sherman made it seem like Crabtree had issued grievous insults about his play? Here’s what Crabtree said in the lead-up to the game about whether Sherman was the best.
“I don’t think so. I don’t know nothing about the best cornerbacks in the league. I just know teams, you know. We are playing the Seattle Seahawks and hopefully we come out with a win. We are going hard.”
For that mild diss, Sherman called Crabtree “sorry” and “mediocre.” In verbal wars, Sherman brings knives to fistfights.
That’s his prerogative and all the yapping has certainly been good for the Richard Sherman brand. But doesn’t he get tired of swinging down? Sherman should let the numbers speak for themselves rather than repeatedly reminding people about them. Muhammad Ali wasn’t attaching newspaper clippings to his claims that he was the greatest of all time, you know?