Richard Sherman paid tribute to the intelligence of his Seattle Seahawks defensive teammates today during his media day interviews ahead of the Super Bowl.
In response to a question to his college education at Stanford, Sherman said:
"We have five or six guys out there who have a high football IQ. I think Earl Thomas might have one of the highest football IQs I've ever heard of. He studies the game day and night, he's probably studying it right now."
Sherman has drawn criticism over the past few weeks after he made disparaging remarks toward San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree during a live TV interview after the NFC Championship game.
The cornerback was referred to as a thug by some sections despite graduating from the prestigious Stanford University with a 4.2 GPA.
Thomas had five interceptions during the 2013 regular season and was a large part of the best defensive unit in the league along with cornerback Sherman and safety Kam Chancellor.
Chancellor was also singled out for praise by Sherman, "You got Kam Chancellor who does the same thing, studies the game." said the controversial Sherman, "They know the play is coming, they're not guessing out there. It's a real testament to us as a group."
Chancellor, a fifth round pick out of Virginia Tech has had three interceptions and 65 tackles as the Seahawks claimed a first seed in the NFC and made their way to the Super Bowl this weekend.