Let’s rewind a couple of weeks.
Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks had just won the NFC Championship and the All-Pro cornerback endured 13 days of pestering members of the media, asking him the questions that would be a sure-fire way to get the type of responses they wanted. Sherman spent the majority of the first 24 hours after the NFC title game talking about his greatness as an individual, while belittling San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.
The rivalry between Crabtree and Sherman goes back further than the NFC Championship, but we won’t get into that. The big issue was the fact that many critics and keyboard bullies on social media labeled Sherman as a “thug.” If you’ve heard my opinion on this matter before, you understand I am completely against the label and believe those that use it are very, very misinformed.
Fast forward now.
Two weeks later, this “thug” is hoisting the Lombardi Trophy with his teammates, after the Seahawks slaughtered the number one offense in the league this season. The Denver Broncos had only managed eight points against Sherman’s defense, and he had a right to brag.
But, this brings me to my most important point yet — he did not choose to brag.
Instead, Sherman credited his teammates as he should have. Instead, he gave credit to Peyton Manning, acknowledging him as one of the best to ever play the game and a first ballot Hall of Fame quarterback. Sherman said that one of the first people to extend a hand to him following the game, was Manning. He told reporters that the humility shown by Manning blew him away.
“It took a lot of discipline and hard work. Hats off to Peyton Manning. He’s the offensive MVP, offensive player of the year. No disrespect to him. He’s still a great quarterback and one of the best all-time. Today we just played sound football.”
It sure is incredible how the tables have turned for Sherman and his critics. The fact of the matter is, regardless of whether or not you truly do believe he is a thug — in which case you, again, are severely misled — the guy is a champion, and a humble one at that.