When you talk as much as Richard Sherman does, you have to walk the walk. The boisterous cornerback proclaims to be the best cornerback alive. Come Sunday, he will be given ample opportunities to prove how good he really is.
Peyton Manning is a smart man in terms of recognizing favorable matchups. It’s feasible to believe that Manning will simply avoid Sherman all game long, which, by default, would perpetuate Sherman’s perceived greatness.
However, if Demaryius Thomas is matched up with Sherman, Peyton may like his odds, considering Thomas is one of the most physically gifted receivers in the NFL. His combination of size, strength and speed are enough of a challenge to keep Sherman on his toes each and every play.
If Sherman happens to get burnt for a big play or two by Thomas, the backlash that would ensue may never fully dissipate for the arrogant corner. His infamous rant following the NFC Championship Game inspired many casual NFL fans to root against him in this year's Super Bowl.
Once you punch a bully in the mouth, he typically loses his power and quickly resides into the shadows. Will this ultimately be the fate of the biggest bully in the Seahawks secondary in Super Bowl XLVIII?
The direction of Sherman’s career and his growing reputation both hinge upon having a strong performance this Sunday.
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Ryan Riddle is a former NFL player and currently writes for B/R.
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