I know this story is totally played out and that, frankly, there probably isn't that much interest in a 49ers community in carrying on this conversation, but I have to bring up Richard Sherman yet again. I wouldn't be surprised if everybody just ignored this post because we've so exhaustively covered it (or if it generates 150+ comments of "we've already talked about this!). I think, in a way, I am writing this piece for myself; I've taken Sherman to task for many different things - and with pleasure since he is a team rival and since his actions are so easy to criticize - that I think it would be wrong of me to not give the man credit when it is due.
Yesterday, Sherman published the following:
No one has ever made himself great by showing how small someone else is. That's not mine. It belongs to Irvin Himmel. Somebody tweeted it at me after the NFC Championship Game. If I could pass a lesson on to the kids it would be this: Don't attack anybody. I shouldn't have attacked Michael Crabtree the way I did. You don't have to put anybody else down to make yourself bigger.
While this isn't an apology in the most literal sense of the word, I think it would be ethically-dubious for me to continue to criticize Sherman (loudly, and in public, every time somebody thinks they are being cute by bringing out the NFC Championship game around me - one of the bummer's about living in non-Niner territory), while not also acknowledging that he has seemingly learned from his mistakes (other parts of the article seem to imply that he hasn't fully learned from his post-game antics, but I won't print them here - go look at the article yourself if you'd like a fuller context).
Really, if Sherman weren't a Seahawk, he'd be the type of guy I would want to celebrate, coming from Compton, getting a degree at Stanford, starting a great charity. These are all the makings of an easy-to-root-for success story. But, he is a Seahawk and he does have a tendency to speak himself into annoyance. Here's to hoping that he has learned from his national backlash. He may be the best cover CB in the league, as he claims, but as of right now, it's certain that he is the best (read: more obnoxious) trash-talker in the league.
So, good on you, Mr. Sherman, for your article. It's appreciated.
Ugh, I just complimented Richard Sherman.