Over the last 24 hours, Richard Sherman has been the talk of the sports world. After a hard-fought, physical game with the rival 49ers in the NFC Championship game, Richard went on a post game rant stating he’s the best corner in football and when you put a sorry receiver like a Michael Crabtree near him, he won’t catch anything and that’s what you’ll get. Richard Sherman deflected a Colin Kaepernick pass intended for Michael Crabtree that led to an interception to seal the deal for the Seattle Seahawks and sent them to their second Super Bowl in franchise history. It was definitely a team victory but the outspoken Sherman was talked about more than the actual team. To many, he comes across as an arrogant, self-centered person who rubs people the wrong way when he claims he’s the best corner back in our game today. He’s a very outspoken guy and that’s one thing I really admire about him. He’s had his share of incidents. Getting in Tom Brady’s face after a game in 2012, starting a twitter argument with Darrelle Revis, telling Skip Bayless that he’s better at life than he is. With all that, he’s come across as a “thug” to some.
Richard Sherman right now is the best corner back in our game. He’s the guy I’d want to improve my secondary if I’m a general manager. He’s also a top ten player right now. So, what do I like about this guy’s game? Well, he’s bigger than most corner backs today. The average height for a cornerback is 5’10-6’0. Richard is 6’3 with a good wingspan, he has very long arms, he’s physical and he shuts down an entire side of a field along with taking away who you like to get the football too. With him being a bigger cornerback, he would rather defend those bigger receivers such as Anquan Boldin, Brandon Marshall and Calvin Johnson. He can play off receivers and play tight man to man coverage underneath and what’s even more impressive about his game is he plays these receivers with no safety help over the top. He does it all by himself and he’s only 25 years old and in the prime of his career. He has become one of the most important pieces to a Seahawks defense that many have considered to be one of the best, if not, the best in the league.
Though he’s come across as cocky and seems to be rude, this man has backed his talk up with his play on the football field. Let’s not judge a book by its cover either. Richard Sherman is a very articulate guy who speaks well and handles himself the right way with the media from what I’ve seen. I was one to say he was wrong in what he did and I feel he could’ve handled himself a better way but that was emotion shown. He truly does wear his emotions on his sleeve and he plays with a chip on his shoulder. He was selected in the fifth round in the 2011 draft by Seattle and feels he needs to prove himself. He was born in Compton, California and not too many people make it out of there to be real. What you may not know is Richard was second in his high school graduating class and graduated from Stanford.