Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has really come into his own this season. From his now famous "U Mad Bro?" retweet to his recent positive drug test for Adderall, the outspoken face for the third-best defense in the nation sees a lot of time in the media.
As Michael Silver with Yahoo! Sports writes, the words and actions of the second-year player aren't really that surprising for people who know him.
The Seahawks drafted Sherman in the fifth-round with the 154th overall pick, approximately 153 picks too late in his view.
"Some of those guys who got drafted [ahead of me], I was like, 'Wow, this is ridiculous.' I thought, 'What's the point of playing good ball if it doesn't matter?' By the time the fifth round rolled around, the damage was done. I was like, 'When I get to the NFL, I'm gonna destroy the league, as soon as they give me the chance.' And that's what I've been doing ever since."
Just ask Larry Fitzgerald, who watched Sherman pick off two passes in a 58-0 blowout over the Cardinals on Sunday. The star wide out said there is no question he can play, and having to go against Sherman and the rest of the Seattle defense makes Seattle one of the hardest places to play at.
The national media has given the Seahawks defense plenty of praise this year, but it reserves special attention of the antics of its cornerback. Sherman's brash swagger involves a healthy amount of trash talking, hence the well-publicized story about the Tom Brady incident.
"He was definitely talking back. It was Tom Brady; he's won three Super Bowls. I'm just a nobody out there. After the game, I don't think I actually said, 'u mad bro,' but one of the fans put it up and I retweeted it and it just took off."
Tight end Evan Moore says the difference between Sherman and many other trash talkers in the league is that he toes the fine line with expressing his confidence in a way that forces him to back it up. He changed his twitter handle to Optimus Prime in anticipation for the Lions game against Calvin Johnson aka Megatron. In essence, Sherman isn't so much trash talking for the sake of trash talking as he is for personal motivation to succeed..
"I want to be the best, period," says Sherman. "A lot of people don't think it's possible, because how could a fifth-rounder be the best of all time? But that's what I want to be. Where you get drafted is such a big deal in the league, respect-wise, and that's why it still frustrates me."
He isn't quite the best cornerback in the league but he is on the team, and he is gaining notoriety and name - which goes a long way against oppositions. He only has six interceptions on the year, but it is Sherman's smother coverage that goes a long way. He is one of the top cornerbacks in the league at denying completions, and barring any sudden injury, it looks like the Seahawks have one of their smarter draft picks in years at their disposal with an unending hunger to win.