Row with Bayless and Crabtree rant overshadowed with triumph.
Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman has gained a reputation for his trash talking, but he silenced his critics on Sunday night after becoming a Super Bowl champion.
The 25-year-old has made the headlines for the wrong reasons at times during his career thus far, publicly challenging ESPN pundit Skip Bayless and getting personal in his attack.
Bayless had previously questioned Sherman’s standing in his early years and compared him to rival cornerbacks in a debate over whether or not he was in fact the best in the game.
Sherman undoubtedly took that to heart and engaged in this heated argument with Bayless in what appeared to be a planned attack on the analyst:
He returned to the spotlight just over a fortnight ago after he had helped his team defeat the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game to reach his first Super Bowl.
With 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick targeting receiver Michael Crabtree with perhaps the most important play of the game to win it for the visitors, Sherman was able to tip the pass into Malcolm Smith’s hands for the interception, which resulted in heated scenes thereafter.
Sherman went to tap Crabtree on the backside to which the 49ers star responded with a shove in the face, before Sherman took to national TV to launch a stinging attack on his rival before declaring himself the best cornerback in the game again.
However, he later apologised for his behaviour and insisted that while it may have helped his team focus, he was sorry that it took away the attention from a sterling team effort.
Sherman wasn’t to be denied in New Jersey on Sunday, as the Legion of Boom silenced the best offense in the league and helped the Seahawks lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Love him or hate him, Sherman is a real character of the NFL. A character that now has a championship ring to go with his trash talk….
Seattle!!! 12thMan!!! We got one!!!!! Love this team like family…. 12s are a huge part of the family
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 3, 2014