Sherman keen to put Crabtree rant behind him.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman remained reserved on media day and was keen to laud his teammates rather than provide the media with any memorable sound bites.
The 25-year-old spoke for more than an hour at the Prudential Center, and was undoubtedly a popular man as a group of reporters flocked to his podium on arrival.
However, he left those hoping for a Michael Crabtree-style rant disappointed, as he repeatedly praised his teammates and again conceded that he regrets his post-game interview following the win over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game.
“I really think these cameras should go to my teammates,” Sherman said, as reported by ESPN.
“I think that what happened after the game, the situation that occurred, forced them to be around me and forced everybody’s attention. But I think I have the best teammates in the world.”
Sherman admitted that the team were looking forward to facing Peyton Manning and the Broncos considering that they are widely regarded as the best in the league, while he again apologised for letting people down and regretted personally attacking a rival.
“I think if I had had more time after the game to think things over, it would have been better articulated, obviously,” Sherman said. “A lot lower tone, lower volume, it would have been clearer, [a] more concise message. And I think the criticism would have been less.”
The Seahawks cornerback has remained respectful of his upcoming opponents throughout the build-up thus far, as Seattle will be looking to limit the best offense in the league when they take on Denver at the MetLife Stadium on Sunday night.
Manning was also to pass single-season records after passing for 55 touchdowns in the regular season, and it will be a fascinating encounter with the “Legion of Boom” which could ultimately determine the winner.
However, when asked if he has thought about what he might say after the game if the Seahawks win, Sherman insisted that although he hasn’t yet thought that far ahead, he will probably think more about what he says before saying it in future.