Here’s what national media members are saying about Richard Sherman’s postgame rant Sunday:
Not a cartoon character
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.
— Michael Silver, ESPN.com
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Thanks for being real
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.
— Steve Rosenbloom, Chicago Tribune
Peyton should stay mum
Peyton Manning might want to reserve any comments concerning Richard Sherman in the run-up to the Super Bowl.
— Bob Raissman, New York Daily News
Treasure, not a thug
It was great. Richard Sherman is a national treasure. He isn’t a “thug,” as some were ignorantly making him out to be Sunday 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.
— Tony Manfred,
Ready when it came
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.
— Ashley Fox, ESPN.com
Who’s best? Ask him
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 the 23-17 victory Sunday night over the San Francisco 49ers that sent the Seattle Seahawks to their second Super Bowl.
— Nancy Armour, USA Today
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.
— Sean Gregory, Time.com
What he didn’t say
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 more than $2 million more than me who’s trash-talked me before this game.
— Roger Groves, Forbes
Richard Sherman walked the walk. Then he talked the talk. He talked it LOUDLY.
The Seattle Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback delivered a WWE-style, postgame rant for the ages after he sealed his team’s spot in Super Bowl XLVIII.
— Chris Greenberg, Huffington Post
Crass and classless
(FOX Sports’ Erin) Andrews handled herself well given the strange, somewhat shocking circumstances, but Sherman didn’t. He came off as crass and classless.
— Neil Best, Newsday