Richard Sherman Defends Peyton Manning’s Legacy After Super Bowl XLVIII (Video)
Given the way Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman behaved after his team beat the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, some people probably expected him to really go wild after his team stomped the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday. However, those people don’t give Sherman enough credit. Yes, he got a little worked up after beating the Niners, and yes he was a bad sport. But he’s usually a fairly intelligent and thoughtful person, so it was actually much more likely that he’d be on his absolute best behavior.
That was indeed the case. Sherman had nothing particularly interesting to say immediately after the game Sunday, but on Monday, as people started talking about the legacy of Peyton Manning, the most famous cornerback in American chimed in with profuse praise of the man’s ability and character.
First he did it on Twitter:
After that he went on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike show, where he related this story:
When I was limping up to my press conference and trying to make it up the stairs, somebody taps me on the shoulder and extends their hand and asks if I’m all right. My eyes try to make it up to see who it is, and it’s Peyton … fully dressed in a suit and obviously very concerned about my well-being.
You know, after a game like that, biggest stage ever—to ask how you’re doing and really be generally concerned about an opponent, that shows an incredibly different amount of humility and class.
People shouldn’t have to write to bash him after the season he had and everything he did … everything he’s accomplished in his career and this year as a football player. He is a Hall of Fame player, he’s a living legend, he’s a record-holding quarterback, he’s a Super Bowl champion, he’s been a Super Bowl MVP. I think if you want to criticize his play on the field, that’s fine. But don’t call some of the things that they were calling him.
Then Sherman went on ESPN’s SportsCenter and told the same story about Peyton after the game:
That’s a lot of praise for Peyton Manning out of the mouth of Richard Sherman. Let’s see if some of his critics will get off his back now.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]