The war of words between Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White escalated Thursday evening with Sherman expressing displeasure with White ranking higher on the NFL Networks top 100 players.
White was revealed as the No 39 player on the list and Sherman ranked as No. 50. Sherman took exception to the fact that White could rank so high on the list, saying, “Roddy White top 100? No. In my book he’s just not a top 100 player… Julio Jones is high on my list because they have to account for him.”
Sherman has never been a shrinking violet in his time in the league and personally, I think he needs to keep his mouth shut and let his exceptional play speak for itself. I’m reminded of this quote from the legendary Walter Payton: “When you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. When you’re great at something, they’ll tell you.”
That quote speaks volumes to me about Sherman, and White agrees based on comments he made on the Top 100 Reaction Show.
“I’m not going to come out and say he shouldn’t be a top 100 player because he should be a top 100 player. But he talks too much. He’s kind of talked himself into a place where he has to play some really good football this year. I have no problem [with] what he says; that I’m not that good, or I can’t do this or I can’t do that. But I know the rest of the players in this league know what I can do and that’s why I’m higher on this list than he is.”
I don’t know about you, but I don’t expect this war or words to end anytime soon. In fact, this should continue all season long with the culmination being a Week 10 contest between the two teams who met in the postseason last year. If something like this happens again, maybe then Sherman will have to shut up.
Sherman is without question one of the best corners in the NFL, but every time he opens his mouth, he comes off as a player looking for validation. If you ask me, he should let his play do the talking for him.