Richard Sherman desires to be elite in all he does, which has included trash talk since the day he entered the league.
This week, it is his turn to receive.
For the record, I am not personally on the side of cheering for Richard Sherman to be defeated into irrelevance. His is the only jersey I own, because I am too poor to get another. He is a phenomenal defender and did great things for the Seattle Seahawks.
However, as professional athletes continue to be more involved online, with their own news, and in personal-yet-public debates, it is a fascinating watch as it also has given fans the ability to respond directly to athletes.
After the San Francisco 49ers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, Sherman issued a surprisingly calm and seemingly mature response to the Super Bowl loss.
Proud of this team! Wasn’t the result we wanted but we battled through. I wasn’t good enough tonight and I will fix that. Thank you for all the support all year.— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 3, 2020
The gentle people of twitterland have responded with a resounding “not good enough,” and are really letting him have it.
Speaking of burnt, there were quite a few references to burnt toast, including this one that saw Will Blackmon stepping in to go to bat for Sherm.
Not sure why he’s here, or if it is even possible to burn an entire loaf of toast, but there it is.
Reminder, these are not disconnected outbursts, these are people who actually took the time to respond directly to Sherman’s concession.
Darrelle Revis features heavily in the conversation, and this may approach the first time in NFL history that a losing cornerback and a retired player are the two most-discussed defensive players following the Super Bowl.
Seahawk fans are not the only ones in the mix by far, but it was great to see a tribute that somehow insulted Sherman, celebrated Sherman, and made us all smile a bit at the same time:
February 3, 2020
All the feels.
There’s a few more, of varying levels of creativity and derision, but my personal favorite was this gem:
No team with Richard Sherman on the roster will ever win a Superbowl— AARON (@MASON91808) February 3, 2020
It’s bold. It’s brash. It’s revisionist history. It’s well enunciated. It’s exactly the type of thing Sherm might say himself.
As we covered a bit earlier, one was to wonder what effect this might have on the 49ers moving forward. Richard is not known to take failure well.
Has Richard Sherman blamed the loss on Russell Wilson yet?— Gary Bloom (@gebloom) February 3, 2020
I for one would hate to be part of the San Francisco locker room after that game, or to be the coach who failed to close the deal in the 4th quarter for that matter.
But as they say, if you can’t take it, don’t dish it out. Sherm was relatively quiet in San Francisco - again, relatively - until 1) the Niners started playing really well, and 2) he started hitting his incentives. Out came vocal Sherman to finish the season, and I’m sure this is not the last we’ll hear from him or about him in the next few months.