It’s not because one of the NFL’s biggest stars, quarterback Peyton Manning, plays for the Broncos. No, it’s because one of the Seahawks’ biggest stars, defensive back Richard Sherman, convinced them not to root for his team.
It’s been nearly two weeks since Sherman made the play of the game, tipping away a pass in the end zone that was eventually intercepted by a teammate, helping the Seahawks edge their bitter rivals, the San Francisco 49ers, in the NFC Championship game.
Moments after his game-saving play, Sherman spoke with Fox sideline reporter Erin Andrews and proceeded to go on a 40-second shouting rant, first proclaiming himself the best corner in the league before blasting the 49ers for throwing the ball his way and belittling 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree.
And maybe it wasn’t so much what he said as how he said it — screaming it in a fit somewhere between passion and rage.
As always, there’s more to the story. But does it matter?
Sherman, in his second year in the NFL, made himself look like a spoiled brat and a thug at the same time. What ever happened to winning with class?
Sherman may very well be a nice guy. He’s certainly an educated man, having attended prestigious Stanford University before venturing on to the NFL.
But that doesn’t matter. For most of the world, this was our first taste of Richard Sherman, and he left a bad taste in our mouths.
Everyone wants professional athletes to be role models for young children. We understand that not every pro athlete is a stand-up guy, worthy of our admiration.
Still, it would be nice if these athletes would at the very least remember their audience.
Little kids around the country saw Sherman’s outburst. What message are we sending? That if you’re good at football, basketball or some other sport, that it excuses you from using some common sense? That star athletes don’t have to abide by the same rules that others do?
There’s a popular saying which holds especially true in this situation: You only get one chance to make a first impression.
This was Sherman’s chance and he blew it. We’d urge others not to be so careless.
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