The NFL Network is slowly revealing its top 100 players in the NFL, and on Thursday night the network revealed players ranked between 31 and 40. One of those players was Roddy White, the receiver from the Falcons who Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman exchanged words with last year. They had some more words for each other on the show.
White was ranked the 39th best player in the NFL. Sherman was 50th on the list.
Here’s what Sherman had to say about White: “Roddy White top 100? No. In my book he’s just not a top 100 player…Julio Jones is high on my list because they have to account for him.”
White had a chance to answer on the show and took a bit of a more diplomatic approach:
“Richard Sherman, Richard Sherman.I’m not going to come out and say he shouldn’t be a top 100 player because he should be a top 100 player. But he talks too much. He’s kind of talked himself into a place where he has to play some really good football this year. I have no problem [with] what he says; that I’m not that good, or I can’t do this or I can’t do that. But I know the rest of the players in this league know what I can do and that’s why I’m higher on this list than he is.”
Later in the show, White was a bit more direct in regards to Sherman. White’s biggest complaint? Sherman talks too much.
“He would actually be the first guy that I would want to face…because frankly I watch film and I know what I can do. I know what my ability is [and] I know what his ability is. So I sit there and watch him and I’m like, ‘OK, I’m not sitting here losing any sleep getting ready to play Richard Sherman.’ These [other] guys on the list like Charles Woodson – I know I have to be on top of my game. I know when I play [Charles Tillman] I have to be on top of my game. I know when I play against [Darrelle] Revis I have to be on top of my game. Other than that, I’m just going out there and playing football…He’s a frontrunner; when things are going good, he’s all good. When things aren’t going his way, then he has nothing to say. That’s just how he is. You let him talk in the offseason because that’s what he likes to do; you let guys like that talk but then at some point when September comes around you have to come play football.”
White went on to say that Sherman “talked his way into an All-Pro.” Champ Bailey, the veteran corner, also had something to say of Sherman on the show: “This guy talks too much.”
Don’t forget: The Seahawks and Falcons play Week 10 this season.
UPDATE: A little later in the night, teammate Earl Thomas came to Sherman’s defense on Twitter:
— Earl Thomas (@Earl_Thomas) June 7, 2013