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Richard Sherman defended by fellow Stanford athlete Robin Lopez

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Lopez played at Stanford between 2006-2008
Lopez played at Stanford between 2006-2008.

A lot of people have had their say on Richard Sherman since the Seattle Seahawks cornerback gave his animated post match interview last night.

Many have been critical of Sherman's aggressive words on 49ers Michael Crabtree, but one fellow Stanford Alumni has offered a voice of support.

Portland Trail Blazers' Robin Lopez spoke ahead of his teams game against the Houston Rockets:

"That's an intelligent dude.

"He may not have the physical tools that other guys have, but he's worked his ass off to get where he is near the top of the NFL", he told a CBS reporter.

Lopez and Sherman were both at Stanford between 2006-2008 before Lopez declared for the draft, and it seems like the Cardinals alumni like to stick together:

"I don't really know what was going on between him and whoever, 

"He's not trying to instigate anything out there so I think there was reason for whatever he said."

And the center believes the emotions Sherman showed are exactly what should be expected from a athlete performing at the top of his game:

"Competitive sports, you're supposed to have an emotional investment you know.

"You're not supposed to be really calm and collected out there. There are a few players who are, but that's not the usual MO.

"You're out there, you're invested and thats the way the game is supposed to be played."

Lopez was also keen to praise Sherman for giving everyone something a little bit more honest, and interesting, that the typical post game interview:

"In a big game like that it's nice to hear something candid, something true as opposed to you know the usual 'both teams play hard' all that stuff."

And while you may have your own opinion, good or bad, on Sherman's antics, Sherman's outburst certainly counts as the most entertaining interview we have seen in a while.

Sherman has now begun preparations ahead of the Seattle Seahawks trip to the Super Bowl, while Lopez is hoping to continue his own teams good season with the Trail Blazers currently holding a 31-9 record.

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