Seattle Seahawks cornerback, Richard Sherman, is currently the talk of the NFL. Not because of his on-field actions, but rather that what came after them.
After tipping Colin Kaepernicks pass for an interception, thus ending any chance of a San Francisco 49ers victory, Sherman proceeded to set the tone for this coming Super Bowl.
Sherman declared himself the best "corner in the game" and verbally laid into Michael Crabtree.
In the post-match interview, aimed at Crabtree, he said: "When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree that’s the result you are going to get, Don’t you even talk about me. Don’t open your mouth about the best or I’m going to shut it for you real quick."
Since the now infamous interview many have questioned if he over stepped that mark, but new evidence has come to light that suggests Crabtree brought some of this on himself.
Crabtree shoved Sherman in the face mask, however its now been proven that Sherman only offered his hand to shake and said: "Hell of game. Hell of a game". Surprisingly tame?
Well not really when you consider Sherman's background. A self declared nerd, he is a quiet unassuming man off the field, who graduated second in his class at high school.
More significantly, he also graduated from Stamford, with a degree in communications. That may explain his actions, was it all a clever ploy to strike fear into Wes Welker and the other wide-receivers of the Denver Broncos?
Sherman comes from some of the roughest neighbourhoods in LA, but he would still rather be seen as a role model, and not the thug others have suggested he is.
The interview would not be out of place within the WWE, a bad guy talking trash and backing it up, but Sherman isn't a bad guy. He's a fantastic player, a lynchpin of the best defence in the NFL, in the heat of the moment people react different.
After all he had just made the play that sent his team to the Super Bowl, he was going to be a bit high on emotion wasn't he?
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