Player Spotlight: The NFL’s Biggest Trash Talker – Richard Sherman
June 18, 2013 in Seattle Seahawks
By Guest Writer Ikeem Boyd:
The cornerback position is arguably the hardest position to play in the game of football. Cornerbacks are placed on an island and are given the tough task of defending wide receivers, which are usually regarded as the best athletes on the field. One way for a cornerback to make their job easier is to mentally distract the opposing players on offense by trash talking him.
Richard Sherman, who is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, is also considered to be the league’s biggest trash talker. Sherman doesn’t lack one bit of confidence and although he was a 1st Team All-Pro cornerback last season, his mouth has earned him more headlines than his play.
This past October when the Seattle Seahawks went up against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, Sherman was all over Brady and the Patriots’ receivers. After the Seahawks won the game Sherman went on a postgame rant about how he tempted Brady to keep throwing to his side. “I kept saying I'm going to get that next time. Every TV timeout, I went up and said it right to Brady: 'Please keep trying me. I'm going to take it from you.' That was when they were winning. He just gave me that look and said, 'Oh, I'll see you after game.' Well, I made sure I saw him after the game." The picture that Sherman tweeted after the game showed how that meeting between him and Brady. Sherman posted a picture of him barking at Brady with the caption reading: “U MAD BRO?”
After each of the Seahawks’ 2 playoff games Sherman again found a way to make the headlines because of his mouth and actions. After defeating the Washington Redskins in the NFC Wild Card playoff round Sherman was involved in a physical altercation with Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams after Sherman taunted Williams and his teammates. The following week during the NFC Divisional playoff round against the Atlanta Falcons Sherman and Falcons’ receiver Roddy White went at each other verbally and physically the entire game. The feud between Sherman and White still goes on today as they each share their displeasures with each other over social media. White believes Sherman talked his way into All-Pro honors.
Sherman’s biggest rivalry seems to be against someone who plays the same position as him. The feud between Sherman and fellow All-Pro Darrelle Revis began in February over Twitter when a fan asked Sherman what he thought about Revis. Sherman, who never bites his tongue, said that he was better than Revis. Revis fired back and the two continually took shots at each other over Twitter.
In my opinion, Revis is still the best cornerback in the NFL. It’ll be interesting to see how he comes back in 2013 following the devastating ACL injury that sidelined him to the majority of the 2012 season. I think Sherman is a rising superstar in the NFL and I love his confidence and desire to be the best. I LOVE the fact that he talks trash because he actually backs it up. Trash talking is a talent and it takes place in every sport; especially at the professional level. Trash talk can bring out the best in an athlete or it can expose their metal weaknesses. Sherman is the NFL’s best trash talker and if his mouth is indeed talking him into All-Pro honors then he should never close it.