Following the Seattle Seahawks’ win over the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday’s NFC Championship, cornerback Richard Sherman was approached by Erin Andrews of Fox Sports for a classic interview. Sherman was the key to victory in the end after he tipped a Colin Kaepernick pass intended for Michael Crabtree, that was ultimately intercepted to seal the game.
Asked by Andrews to take her through the final play by his defense, Sherman went on to say this:
“I’m the best corner in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you gonna get. Don’t you ever talk about me. [...] Don’t you open your mouth about the best or I’m gonna shut it for you real quick.”
That’s not all. Let’s take it back to immediately following the play. Sherman followed Crabtree along the inside of the end zone, appearing to taunt the 49ers wideout after the game was sealed. On a team full of trash-talkers, Sherman is the biggest culprit of them all.
Quite honestly, I don’t have a problem with a little jawing every now and then. But, Sherman takes it to a level that makes him look like a complete idiot. He may be the best cornerback in the game, but the way he handles himself is just sheer immaturity. Sherman is notorious for this kind of behavior, but on the biggest stage he’s been on during his career — winning a conference title — he would have been better off playing it cool.
It’s odd that this team is so physical and full of loudmouths like Sherman when they are led by a quarterback so humble. Russell Wilson is one of the classiest men in the entire league, but some of his teammates just don’t know when to shut their mouths. In a way, I feel bad for Wilson having to put up with such a lack of character like what’s inside of Sherman. It’s quite pathetic to see him act in such a way, especially after locking up a spot in the Super Bowl.
Total lack of class, Mr. Sherman — quite pathetic, in fact.