The Seattle Seahawks cornerback, who made himself the biggest story in America with his postgame outburst following the NFC Championship Game, faced the media for the final time before Super Bowl XLVIII on Thursday morning, and continued his week-long reticence.
Many expected Sherman to continue making incendiary remarks this week under the Super Bowl spotlight, in the largest media market in the country. But he steered clear of controversy, for the most part.
The one issue that flared up stemmed from something Sherman wrote in a column published on TheMMQB.com a month ago. Sherman listed the Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning as the smartest quarterback in the NFL, but questioned his arm strength, saying Manning throws “ducks.”
Sherman stood by what he wrote when asked about it Wednesday. On Thursday morning, Manning was asked to respond.
“I do throw ducks,” Manning said. “I’ve thrown a lot of yards and touchdown ducks, so I’m actually quite proud of it.”
A couple hours later, Sherman was asked to respond to Manning’s comment.
“Oh, I agree,” Sherman said. “That’s exactly what I said. That’s what I said. It sounds like a repeat of what I said.”
This hardly qualifies as a war of words.
Sherman’s words immediately after his Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers two Sunday ago, however, are another story. “I’m the best corner in the game,” Sherman yelled into the TV camera, before ripping 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.
Sherman was asked Thursday if he still feels he is the best cornerback in the NFL.
“As a corner, at the cornerback position, I think every one of them out there is gonna say that they’re the best. And that’s the way you gotta play the position,” Sherman said. “I’m sure every corner out there that’s playing good football right now -- the Joe Hadens, the Patrick Petersons, the Darrelle Revises, the Aqib Talibs, the Alterraun Verners -- feels like they’re the best corner in football. In order to play this game at the highest level, that’s how you gotta feel, that’s the confidence you feel.”
“Now they may not go out and say it out loud and proclaim it like I do,” Sherman added. “But I’m 100 percent sure they feel that way. They played some great football, and they deserve to feel that way as well.”
Sherman went into Super Bowl week like a lion, and went out like a lamb.
Now all that’s left is a football game, three days from now.