Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: A cheer in the press box for Richard Sherman
by Mark Edwards
Jan 20, 2014 | 1319 views |  0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman after Sunday's win over San Francisco. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
The Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman after Sunday's win over San Francisco. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Richard Sherman – love him or hate him.

He has plenty of football fans choosing one or the other after his awesome postgame interview Sunday with Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews. It came after the Seattle cornerback tipped a last-minute pass away from San Francisco’s Michael Crabtree, clinching the Seahawks’ 23-17 win over the 49ers.

Afterward, to Andrews, he boomed, “I’m the best corner in the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s what you’re going to get. Don’t you ever talk about me!”

When Andrews asked who he was talking about, he shouted, “Crabtree! Don’t you open your mouth about the best! Or I am going to shut it for you real quick!”

For anyone who chose the “hate” column, was his interview all that bad? We could’ve gotten a snooze-inducing answer instead, such as this: “San Francisco is a great team. We were fortunate to win. We’re excited to go to the Super Bowl.”

He didn’t curse. He stayed on point the whole time. He didn’t ramble. He revealed the intensity of his battle with the receiver he had fought all game long. Most of all, he was interesting.

Sherman has shown himself to be funny and intelligent in his interviews. He’s a gem in a league full of guys who throw out answers that are dull, duller and dullest. And don’t those dullards always seem to say “you” when they really mean “I”?

“Well, you’re just trying to defend the pass there. You’re looking for the deep ball. You’re fortunate if you can make a play there.”

Sherman isn’t a blowhard. By the way, speaking of blowhards … if Sherman didn’t win me over with that nuclear interview, he did later when he shot down ESPN’s Skip Bayless: "You think more of yourself that you actually can prove."

That alone was worth the cost of cable for a month.

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.
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