Those hoping for fireworks from Richard Sherman at Super Bowl Media Day today came away largely disappointed. The Seattle cornerback, who thrust himself into the national spotlight after his raucous post-game interview with Erin Anderws following the Seahawks’ NFC Title game win over the 49ers, pretty much stayed controversy-free during his time on the podium today.
He did, however, express some of his most direct regret over some of the comments he made about San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree, who was the intended receiver on the pass Sherman deflected for the game-clinching interception.
“Last week I felt like I regretted just attacking a man – attacking it and taking away from my teammates,” Sherman said. “You never want to talk down on a man to build yourself up and things like that. So I regretted that, and I regretted taking that attention away from my teammates. That’s the one thing that I wish I could do again.”
Here is more of what Sherman had to say Tuesday:
(on what the last week has done for Richard Sherman as a brand) “I see the fun in the Super Bowl. I see everybody’s attention and how much the NFL has grown as a franchise, as a world brand, and I see that the Super Bowl is a huge event for the world. There are a lot of cameras, a lot of different languages, a lot of countries, a lot of diversity – I love it.”
(on how his communications degree helps him) “I definitely think having a communications degree helps you in a sense. It helps you understand the media side of things and what messages do, how widespread the messages are received, the marketing side of it. Just being an intelligent individual and learning from those professors at Stanford, you have a perspective that is unique.”
(on how his ability to communicate helps him on the field) “It is an asset, but we have five, six guys out there who have a high football IQ. I think Earl Thomas might have one of the highest football IQs I’ve ever heard of, and he studies the game to a T. He studies it day, night, night and day. In the morning, at night – he’s probably studying it right now. You’ve got Kam Chancellor, who does the same thing, he studies the game to a T. So when you see Kam Chancellor going downhill to make those huge hits and those huge plays, and Earl going to make those, it’s because they know the play is coming. They’re not guessing out there. It’s a real testament to us as a group.”
(on the attention he has received this week) “I really think these cameras should go to my teammates, especially after Bobby Wagner’s 15-tackle game in the NFC Championship, Kam Chancellor’s interception and multiple pass deflections and his 11 tackles, or Earl’s 11 tackles. I think these cameras can be around anyone. I think that what happened after the game, the situation that occurred, forced them to be around me and forced everybody’s attention, but I think I have the best teammates in the world. Doug Baldwin had a heck of a game, and he’s a heck of a receiver, and has the stats to prove it. I think that these cameras could be anywhere. They could be on all my teammates, and they deserve it.”
(on Peyton Manning) “Peyton Manning’s numbers speak for themselves. I think he’s one of the best in the history of the game, and I think he’s broken multiple records to prove that. He’s a living legend right now. He’s been a living legend for years.”
(on the biggest challenge when facing Manning) “Being patient. Being patient and understanding that he’s going to get his yards and he’s going to make his plays. He’s one of the best in the history. If you pull your hair out over every pass he completes and over every yard that he makes, then you’d have a long day ahead of you. Because he’s a great, elite quarterback and he’s going to make his yards, he’s going to make his plays and anytime that you get mad about things like that, you get angry, or you feel some type of way, then it will be hard for you to consistently play well. So our defense has a whole has to be patient and be able to overcome the adversity, and we’ve done so all season.”
(on if he understands that many people want to see him fail on Sunday) “Oh I fully understand that. I’ve fully understood that my entire life. It’s been like that, people wanting to see you fail, but you stay focused on the task at hand and you pay the price.”
(on why it is important for him to be a role model) “Because I think kids need a positive role model, and they need to understand that there are more options to the world than what they just see in their neighborhood. Especially the kids in the inner-city. They need to understand that there’s another opportunity, there’s another path that you can take, and I think if those kids take those paths and use those opportunities, they’ll benefit and our future will be very bright.”
(on what he would be doing if he was not a professional football player) “If I wasn’t a football player, I’d be coaching, or I’d be scouting, or I’d be somewhere in the game, man. You’ve got too much knowledge and too much understanding of this game. This is what you’ve done your whole life, so you can’t just walk away.”
(on what people should expect on Sunday) “A great show.”
(on who the top five quarterbacks are in the NFL right now) “I’m not going to label them right now. I’d have to have more time to think about that.”
(on how players should prepare themselves for life after football) “You manage your money well. Anytime you get a substantial lump sum of money at any given time in your life, you want to make sure you manage it well and manage it for the duration of what could be 50 or 60 years. You never want to spend it all, you don’t want to necessarily be frivolous either. You can live a good life without spending tons of money every day or every week.”
(on how much the Seattle secondary will have to vary and disguise their coverage to counter Manning) “We don’t vary or disguise coverage over anybody. We play a pretty simple defense. For the most part you know what we’re going to do every play and you’ve got to line up and play it. I think that’s how we’ve been all season and it’s the last game of the season, there’s no time to change it now.”
(on how it feels to be compared to Muhammad Ali) “It’s very humbling. It’s very humbling to be compared to Muhammad Ali because of all the serious ridicule that he went through, the serious racial degradation and stigmas that he had to fight – the stereotypes he had to fight against. He had to really stand his ground and almost go to jail because he wanted to stand up for what he believed in. I think his situation was a lot more brave and a lot more serious than my situation is now, and he had to deal with a lot more scrutiny and just headaches and criticism. But it’s a blessing because he’s one of my biggest idols and a person who I really look up to.”
(on his time in New Jersey) “New Jersey has been great, man. It’s been a nice city, it hasn’t snowed as much as they said. Thank you New Jersey for being awesome. You guys are amazing.”
(on what it means to be a member of Seattle’s Legion of Boom) “The Legion of Boom is a legacy. It’s a legacy, it’s a group, it’s a legion, it’s a vast army of individuals and we have countless bodies behind us that are more than capable of doing the job. It’s Kam Chancellor, the enforcer, the punisher, the guy who sets the tone for the defense; it’s Earl Thomas, the fastest guy on the field, the most knowledgeable, who understands everything; it’s Byron Maxwell, making big play, after big play, after big play; it’s Walter Thurmond, doing a heck of a job playing disciplined, sound football. I think it’s our identity and it sets a high standard, and it’s a standard that I think everybody is more than capable of living up to and has.”
(on how well the Legion of Boom will have to perform on Sunday against Manning) “The Legion of Boom is going to have to be on its A-game against Peyton. He’s a legend. If you’re not on your A-Game, we’re going to have a long day.”
(on if he would prefer to play the Super Bowl in New Jersey or a warm climate) “Well I think I’m happiest playing in New Jersey. It’s a big stage, it’s one of the meccas in the world and I think that everybody’s going to get a chance to see it. It’s obviously one of the biggest cities in the world, one of the most known, and I think everybody’s going to– you know, the NFL seems to be happy about it, so we’re happy about it.
(on how he would fare playing wide receiver, one of his former positions, against the Broncos secondary) “How would Richard Sherman the receiver (play)? I don’t know, man. I haven’t seen Richard Sherman at receiver in about eight years. He used to be pretty good, but I could have used to been a ‘used to.’ I don’t know how he’d be now.”