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‘To Those Who Would Call Me a Thug or Worse …’

I show passion on the football field—but that’s only a small part of who I am. If you want to judge me, I can handle it.

Here’s what happened …

I spent most of the game on an island: I was targeted only twice during the entire NFC Championship. The first produced a BS holding call against me; the second ended the game. Michael Crabtree stutter-stepped out of his break on first down and sprinted toward the end zone. I was in good position for a pick until he pushed me in the back. My interception became a tip and an interception for Malcolm Smith in the end zone.

Game over. The Seahawks are in the Super Bowl.

I ran over to Crabtree to shake his hand but he ignored me. I patted him, stuck out my hand and said, “Good game, good game.” That’s when he shoved my face, and that’s when I went off.

Erin Andrews interviewed me after the game and I yelled what was obvious: If you put a subpar player across from a great one, most of the time you’re going to get one result. As far as Crabtree being a top-20 NFL receiver, you’d have a hard time making that argument to me.

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.

But people find it easy to take shots on Twitter, and to use racial slurs and bullying language far worse than what you’ll see from me. It’s sad and somewhat unbelievable to me that the world is still this way, but it is. I can handle it.

Written By Richard Sherman with Peter King Read more on MMQB


  • April says:

    I saw the passion, unlike others, Sherman. Haters are going to hate when you’re good at what you do. Everyone knows there’s smack talked behind the scenes. You were one of the few to have the guts to call someone out on a microphone. If people dont like it, who cares? You’re a good football player and that’s all that matters. Keep your passion. Keep playing your heart out. Spread that passion onto your teammates so y’all can get your first super bowl ring as a Seahawk! Routing for y’all!

  • lance crumes says:

    It’s real funny that people will judge this man like that and I am not Seahawks fan or a Richard Sherman fan, but I do respect his team and his game. If anyone who knows anything about football, the only person or persons who believes in them is the men on that locker room. Richard Sherman is a highly intelligent man with a degree from Stanford, not some junior college or division 2 school but Stanford!! Nuff said.

  • Julia SQUIER says:

    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
    -Theodore Roosevelt

  • Larry says:

    He’s still an a**hole and I hope Denver kicks his a** all over the field ! He’s not nearly as good as he pretends to be ! He’s sub-standard at best !

  • Vincent Koster says:

    Went up to shake his hand and got shoved off.
    … you mean that moment that was replayed about 5 or 6 times where Sherman ran up to Crabtree taunted him and gestured towards him in a mocking matter and got shoved in the face? Quite comical. Even more comical that this should be an act of racism simply because Crabtree isn’t black. I think calling Crabtree racist in an act which doesn’t have any relevance to racism is more racist than what was deemed racist simply because Crabtree was of a different skin tone.

  • Joe Schwartz says:

    Sherman is a JERK, long hair nobody that he thinks he is. People like that are destroying the NFL.