Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman may have blasted Michael Crabtree and branded him a 'sorry' receiver - but he showed that he did have some love for at least one of his peers by claiming that Demaryius Thomas is a 'top five' wide receiver.
Sherman's crazed post-game comments about Crabtree after the Seahawks had beaten the San Francisco 49ers to become NFC champions two weeks ago caused something of a stir - and has meant he's been the subject of increased media scrutiny ahead of the Superbowl this weekend.
However, the 25-year-old showed he does have a softer side by reaching out to Thomas, who he'll line up against when the Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos at the MetLife Stadium on Sunday for the right to be crowned NFL champions.
"I definitely think he's top five," Sherman told reporters when asked what he thought of his rival.
"He put together the type of year and done everything in his power to put himself in that conversation. He's made big catches, he's got a lot of run after the catches, he turns some small plays into huge plays, and I think that he's a great receiver.
"He's a great competitor, and I'm sure it's going to be a fun night for both of us because we're both intense competitors and good players."
Sherman has been the focus of some unwanted attention from the media too, and has been branded a 'thug' by some following his post-game remarks.
He took exception to being labelled a thug, and compared it to someone using the N-word to his face.
However he was also keen to take some positives from the incident, and says that he and his Seahawks team-mates are now ready for the type of attention they'll receive in the build up to the big game.
"I definitely think it helped," he explained. "Everybody getting a chance to see the cameras and tons of media and the press conferences. It's helped everybody evolve and get to the next level of media and what kind of messages they want to put across."
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