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January 20, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Richard Sherman explains his rant, national media buzzes

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Everyone’s buzzing about Richard Sherman’s on-field rant to Erin Andrews after the game. Reaction is all over the map – both for and against. Here’s what national media is saying about Sherman and the interview, starting with what Richard Sherman wrote himself in his on-going first-person series for SI.com

Richard Sherman, SI.com’s Monday Morning Quarterback

It was loud, it was in the moment, and it was just a small part of the person I am. I don’t want to be a villain, because I’m not a villainous person. When I say I’m the best cornerback in football, it’s with a caveat: There isn’t a great defensive backfield in the NFL that doesn’t have a great front seven. Everything begins with pressure up front, and that’s what we get from our pass rushers every Sunday. To those who would call me a thug or worse because I show passion on a football field—don’t judge a person’s character by what they do between the lines. Judge a man by what he does off the field, what he does for his community, what he does for his family.

Michael Silver, ESPN.com

While Sherman’s seemingly over-the-top response will be debated, hated and oversaturated in the lead-up to Super Sunday, those who fixate on that side of his persona are missing a good game. He might be polarizing, but this intelligent young man is not a cartoon character, and he does have a compassionate side.

Steve Rosenbloom, Chicago Tribune

Thank you, Richard Sherman.

Thank you for not being boring. Thank you for having a small insanity gene. Thank you for being real and entertaining.

Chris Chase, USA Today Sports

It’s been a long time since Super Bowl week has had a villain. Richard Sherman is going to be all too happy to play that role.

Bob Raissman, New York Daily News

Peyton Manning might want to reserve any comments concerning Richard Sherman in the run-up to the Super Bowl.

The Seahawks’ DB showed his “sensitive” side in a postgame rant Sunday night after Seattle punched its ticket to Jersey. Sherman sealed the win in the end zone, tipping a Colin Kaepernick pass for Michael Crabtree into the arms of linebacker Malcolm Smith for a game-clinching interception.

Tony Manfred, Business Insider/SFGate.com

It was great. Richard Sherman is a national treasure. He isn’t a “thug,” as some were ignorantly making him out to be last night. He doesn’t hurt anyone. He isn’t crossing some sort of moral boundary by making fun of Michael Crabtree. He simply speaks his mind, and plays with a degree of unhinged energy that makes sports more compelling.

Ashley Fox, ESPN.com

Richard Sherman wasn’t playing. Michael Crabtree wasn’t going to make a play on him, not on this night, not ever, not when a trip to the Super Bowl was on the line.

So Sherman waited. And he waited. And he waited, until San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick couldn’t help himself. Kaepernick threw the fade into the end zone that Sherman knew was coming, and Sherman was ready for it.

Nancy Armour, USA Today Sports

Richard Sherman is the best cornerback in the NFL. Just ask him.

Have no doubt, people will ask him – time and again – over these next two weeks.

Sherman had better be ready for the harsh glare of the spotlight, because he put himself there with his antics in Sunday night’s 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers that sent the Seattle Seahawks to their second Super Bowl.

Tim Booth, The Associated Press

When Richard Sherman gave Michael Crabtree a pat on the backside, got shoved in the face and made a choke sign toward the San Francisco bench, he was just getting warmed up.

Get ready for two more weeks of the unfiltered Sherman with the Seattle Seahawks headed to the Super Bowl.

Sean Gregory, Time.com

Well, if you hate Sherman for being honest in his interview, you can never complain about a cliché-ridden sideline chat again. And it’s not like he cussed in front of a bunch of kids or threatened to hurt anyone. Sherman is a fiery guy, his tip was one of the most memorable defensive plays in NFL history, the Super Bowl is a lifelong dream — and the game can fatten your bank account. Plus, football breeds pathological thinking on the field. Who can blame Sherman for going off, moments after the victory?

Roger Groves, Forbes

Sherman was highly agitated yet concise. He didn’t thank God for the opportunity to play the game, thank his teammates and coaches for putting him in the position to win. He didn’t analyze the play from a technical standpoint. He told the 49ers and Crabtree if you throw the ball my way, I’m going to win, and especially if you choose to throw to a “sorry” receiver who makes over $2 million more than me who’s trash talked me before this game.

Tom Brady interview, ESPN.com/Boston

“I don’t know him at all. I’ve watched him play and he’s that kind of guy,” Tom Brady said in an interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI. “I approach the game and I have respect for my opponent. That’s the way our team always plays and we win with graciousness. When we lose, we can do better. Some teams don’t always do that, that’s not their program”

Chris Greenberg, Huffington Post

Richard Sherman walked the walk. Then he talked the talk. He talked it LOUDLY. The Seattle Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback delivered a WWE-style, post-game rant for the ages after he sealed his team’s spot in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Neil Best, Newsday

Andrews handled herself well given the strange, somewhat shocking circumstances, but Sherman didn’t. He came off as crass and classless . . . which did not stop Fox from interviewing him twice more in the next little while, once on the trophy podium and once on the set with its studio hosts.

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