Seattle Seahawks face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game at Century Link Field. In what should be a classic game it's almost guaranteed that Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman will do something out of the extraordinary.
Sherman was the key man in last year's NFC Championship Game, when he tipped a late pass from 49ers' Colin Kaepernick to ice the game and send his Seahawks to the Super Bowl.
Fast forward to the start of this season and arguably the game's best quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, was prepared to discount Sherman altogether because of his potency - and Rodgers duly decided to not throw the ball Sherman's way for the whole game.
Rodgers went onto throw an interception in the game on the way to a 36-16 defeat at the hands of the World Champions.
Speaking to the media ahead of a second opportunity to play Rodgers this season, Sherman admits he was surprised that they chose to not send the ball his way. And while he admits that playing a full game without much to do can be frustrating, he says he's learnt not to try and do too much just to get involved for the sake of getting involved. For Sherman, the important thing is to make sure he does his job and let his teammates do there's.
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"I didn't expect that going into the game that's for sure. You go into every game expecting and trying to anticipate throws coming your way. I made some tackles in that game. I went in on a few runs plays and I enjoyed the game," Sherman told the media.
"I'm not surprised either way. I expect them [Green Bay] to execute their gameplan [on Sunday]. I'm not sure what they're going to do.
"You've got to resist the urge to gamble and force things. I think when I was younger I used to take more chances than I do now. Now I just do my job and let things happen that are going to happen.
Even though Aaron Rodgers had one of the worst games of his career in the season opener, Sherman admits he has a deep respect for the Packers quarterback.
"I think consistency and playing at a high level in big games. He's [Aaron Rodgers] done all of that. He's been playing at a high level for a long time. He's played big in all of the big games," Sherman added.
"He played injured last week and had a phenomenal game. I think when you put all of those things together, you're going to get the respect of a lot of people."
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