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Richard Sherman has been anything but the soft-spoken type.
From the moment he arrived on the scene, Sherman had a chip on his shoulder the size of Godzilla. After being drafted in the fifth round and passed up by everyone several times, he set out to prove to the world that he was by far the best cornerback in the 2011 draft.
When he spoke with Yahoo! Sports' Michael Silver, he had this to say:
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.
As Sherman’s career unfolds, the legacy he’s cementing is one that will be difficult to quantify by normal football measures. His is a personality and intellect that transcends the football field, yet his play between the lines is equally spectacular.
Of all the characters in the NFL, none are as well-suited for the villain role as Sherman is. His intelligence is well-documented off the field, but he’s also a guy who knows exactly how to get under the skin of his opponents with his constant jabbering and insults.
In his maiden Super Bowl, he will have ample opportunity to build his legacy against the best offense in NFL history. If Sherman can shut down the likes of Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker, he may end up with the first postgame Super Bowl interview angrily yelling that he’s going to Disney World.