Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is one of the loudest players on any football field. He loves to let the opposition know how bad they are, he loves to wind up opponents, but every now and then, some players receive a completely different response from Sherman. Respect.
Odell Beckham Jr. was one young man who was treated to such a response on Sunday after the Seattle Seahawks dominated the New York Giants 38-17 at CenturyLink Field.
Despite the Giants 21-point defeat at the home of the World Champions, Odell Beckham Jr. was a standout player, catching seven balls on nine targets for 108 yards, and post-game, Sherman praised the talented rookie wideout.
"'You're the real deal. You just have to keep working,'" Sherman said, according to Beckham. "And he was kind of telling me some of the things that were going on and some of the things he was seeing. He said, 'You're going to be a great player. Keep working.'"
Pretty incredible words for a rookie receiver to hear from the NFL's best cornerback, a player who most famously chewed out San Francisco 49ers wideout Michael Crabtree in the NFC Championship Game last season following a great play to win the game by Sherman.
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But when you dominate Sherman like Beckham did yesterday, the Seahawks' star cornerback holds his hands up and tells it how it is.
"Beckham is a great player," Sherman said of Beckham. "They have to depend on him. They have to take risks. They have to take shots in a game like this. That was his shot [on the interception]. He was able to get one earlier, which was a great play by him. Unfortunately, they weren't about to get this."
And it wasn't just Richard Sherman who had positive words for Odell Beckham Jr. post-game, with Seattle head coach Pete Carroll also claiming that the Giants have picked up a future star.
"I thought Beckham was really good," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "He really came out of there and he was the big factor early on. I thought he showed that he was a really good football player [Sunday], and they've got a great one in that kid."