The Seattle Seahawks are heading to the Super Bowl, thanks to the game-saving pass defense of cornerback Richard Sherman.
By now you’ve heard, seen or read about Sherman’s epic post-game interview with Erin Andrews, dogging San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree as a “sorry receiver” and mediocre player after the two have apparently been at odds for some time now. Sherman proclaimed himself the best corner in the game (mind you, he’s hardly alone in thinking that) during that clip and became a polarizing figure that may or may not have scarred your children.
Whether NFL fans appreciate his braggadocio, it’s without argument that they respect Richard Sherman’s play on the gridiron, explaining why he is one of three Seahawks fans in the top 10 jerseys sold by NFLShop.com. ESPN’s Darren Rovell requested the information from the official league store and got the data for sales since April, 2013.
The man whose passes Richard Sherman will be defending against, Peyton Manning, comes in at No. 1, followed by Sherman’s own QB, Russell Wilson. Seattle running back Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch is in at No. 6 as the top-selling jersey by any player who isn’t a quarterback and Sherman rounds out the top 10 as the only defensive player to make the list.
Rovell also reveals that Sherman jumped three spots in sales in January alone, overtaking Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, who’d sold more jerseys last year than any NFL player ever had sold in a single season.
Since his rant, Richard Sherman has gone on to various degrees of what may or may not resemble an apology. In his own words, Sherman called the explosion a mixture of adrenaline and being in the moment. He also addresses some of the rather vile racial slurs directed at him on Twitter (courtesy of Deadspin). At the end of the day, whether you were applauding or were offended, Richard Sherman got your attention and many were entertained. As is so often the case, the Internet returned the favor.
Witness Richard Sherman’s rant merged with footage of Mean Gene Okerlund, famed WWF interviewer from the 80s. It’s great. Not one to let it go there, Star-Ledger columnist Steve Politi actually got in touch with Okerlund for his take on the Sherman verbal smackdown.
“He does not cut a promo like the Iron Sheik,” Okerlund said over the phone. “He cannot hold a candle to Nature Boy Ric Flair, either.”
“I have heard so many rants and raves over the past 43 years, and quite honestly, Richard will have to do better than that.”