When I mention the fact that the Seattle Seahawks won this past Sunday sadly here is probably only one thing that comes to your mind… Richard Sherman. Yes, this street bred, Stanford tuned, top tier cornerback made quite a post game debacle due to his passionate words. What I took away however is more than likely the minority report as to what others may have seen. What I saw was this,
1. A player who made one incredible play.
2. A tiger who has been held by its tail, taunted, tormented, and poked at with the perfect chance to show his fury.
Richard Sherman believe it or not is not crazy. Richard Sherman believe it or not isn’t a thug. Richard Sherman believe it or not is one incredible corner, and is on track to a hall of fame career. Were his words a mistake? Absolutely not. When you watch football, and in particular your favorite team what do you expect to see? I expect to watch men snarl and tear at each other whether that be on the line, behind it, or deep down field. I expect them to play like every play will put them into the Super Bowl. I expect every thrown ball to be a chance at making a huge career defining play. Though I am not a devout Seahawks fan, I am a fan of a passionate play, a passionate player, and a defining moment. Richard Sherman though he only had two tackles and the lone pass defense, made one key play when it mattered. He made the play that put his team into the biggest game on the biggest stage sports can offer. For that Richard Sherman I as a sports fan thank you.
In reference to the tiger, we expect our players to play like tigers on the field. We expect ruthless plays. So why should we expect anything different from them after it has been accomplished? Look at the interview with Erin Andrews. He was asked this question with full adrenaline, filled with testosterone, and just had the opportunity to put down every “hater” that has ever approached him (the likes of which are Michael Crabtree, numerous Wide Receivers, Steven A Smith, and arguably the most known Skip Bayless). The media has ragged on Sherman his whole career due to his obnoxious mouth. Yes he has a very loud mouth, but does he not back it up? Wide Receivers and Quarterbacks alike hate the kid yet they can’t seem to prevent him from a combined forty nine tackles, and eight interception season. He is incredibly talented, and until the day that he isn’t any more let the tiger roar. He deserves it. And when media beat his personality up and they want to throw his name in the mud, don’t be afraid when he turns around and bites.