The NFL needs more players like Seattle Seahawks starting cornerback Richard Sherman. The 6-foot-3 corner was considered one of the best at his position this past season. He racked up 8 interceptions and an NFL best 24 pass deflections. Another impressive number is that the average QB rating against Sherman was 40.5 (an NFL best). Sherman only allowed 40 receptions on 86 targets on his side of the field.
Impressive as these numbers are for the Stanford graduate, Sherman has been known for his outspoken personality rather than his talents on the turf.
His trash talk through Twitter and various media has given him tremendous amount of attention during the 2012 season. Not only can Sherman talk, he backs up all his talk with his defense. He is now known as one of the best cornerbacks in the game today.
It all started with the game against the New England Patriots at CenturyLink Field where the Seahawks defeated the Pats 24-23.
In that game, Sherman had one of his best performances ever by recording an interception against Tom Brady and added another three pass deflections. After the game, rather than shake Brady’s hand to say “good game”, Sherman went on to taunt the New England quarterback.
Richard Sherman has also been known to get into feuds with his other fellow corners (most notably with Darrelle Revis on Twitter). “I never seen a man before run his mouth like girl. This dude just steady putting my name in his mouth to get notoriety.” The Seattle corner gracefully responded through Twitter saying, “don’t need ya name … Ur name will be irrelevant once u step back on the field bruh. Get yah picks up!”
Sherman got into another feud on ESPN First Take with journalist Skip Bayless. After a back and forth argument about accomplishments, Sherman simply told Bayless, “I’m better at life than you.”
As wild and impulsive these actions by Sherman may be, this is a tactical move by him. Sherman likes to get into the mentality of a player’s mind and totally mess up their entire mood and mindset. It is also a way for the corner to stay in the spotlight since Seattle is notoriously known for little sports media attention.
“The great corner I went up against did not talk. They were so focused on the task at hand. I like Richard Sherman. I like the confidence. Anybody that says what he’s planning on doing and then goes out and accomplishes it; it messes with your head. It really does,” Michael Irvin said to USA TODAY Sports.
When a compliment like that is given to Sherman by an NFL legend, he must be doing something right for his career.
Sherman’s confidence and tactics were so brilliant last season that Washington Redskins starting tackle Trent Williams was annoyed by it and decided to punch the All-Pro corner in the face.
The incident occurred in the post-fight handshakes when the Seahawks defeated the Redskins 24-14 in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. What made this incident so fascinating was the fact that Sherman did not retaliate with a punch of his own. He knew he got in the head of Williams. The Redskins lineman was fined by the NFL after the incident.
Incidents like the punch by Williams and trash talk with Skip Bayless have had everyone talking about Sherman whether it is a good or bad. What does matter is that he comes to play on Sundays and with extreme confidence. All these assets make Sherman the most interesting man in the NFL.