Judging by Twitter, Richard Sherman made an impression on folks
JAN 20, 2014 11:07a ET
If you weren't familiar with the name Richard Sherman before late Sunday evening, you are now.
And with the Super Bowl, arguably the world's largest annual sporting spectacle, coming in two weeks to the New York metropolitan area, the indisputible media capital of the planet ... well, look out. The Seattle Seahawks defender is about to attract a crowd.
Sherman's antics in the closing moments of the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers -- the patronizing pat of Michael Crabtree's backside and the choke sign aimed at the Niners' bench -- set off immediate fireworks on Twitter, social media's bastion of instant (over)reaction.
And then his interviews ramped up public reaction ten-fold.
Here's a sampling of tweets, including a spirited defense of Sherman by an NFL player, a MLB pitcher bringing the heat and a few thoughts from media types about to descend upon New York for a fresh dose on outlandlishness:
Give Erin Andrews all the Emmys for: 1. Asking the 100% apt follow-up question. 2. Defying every natural instinct and not bolting in terror.— Jeb Lund (@Mobute) January 20, 2014
I couldn't hear the tv but Sherman was goin ham lol. You can talk ish when you can back it up like he did lol— Duke Ihenacho (@NachoLyfe) January 20, 2014
Sherman don't get paid to be classy and liked. He's a baller, and he's staying out of trouble of the field. That's all that matters.— Duke Ihenacho (@NachoLyfe) January 20, 2014
We're so used to sugarcoating and lying that when someone keeps it all the way honest, we're turned off by it.— Duke Ihenacho (@NachoLyfe) January 20, 2014
Richard Sherman seems chill...— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) January 20, 2014
So Russell is a class act! Sherman on the other hand.... If he played baseball would get a high and tight fastball.— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) January 20, 2014
Richard Sherman=great player=fantastic play=memorable interview. But, anyone else hoping he gives up 5 TD's in the Super Bowl? #justasking?— Matt Lauer (@MLauer) January 20, 2014
Anyone bothered by Richard Sherman tonight has never sat through a one-game-at-a-time cliche fest. Speak your mind, Richard.— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) January 20, 2014
Jotting down names of people to interview at Super Bowl. Thinking about this Richard Sherman. Heard of him? Seems like a real firecracker.— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) January 20, 2014
Richard Sherman still waiting to hear back from Jim McMahon on the WWE audition reel he made last night— Men's Humor (@MensHumor) January 20, 2014
My ideal NFL is just Richard Sherman and Steve Smith running routes against each other into perpetuity— Kevin Lincoln (@KTLincoln) January 20, 2014
If you are aghast at Richard Sherman's trash-talking, do *not* Google "Muhammad Ali" or you will crumple onto the fainting couch.— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) January 20, 2014
It seems only fitting to let Sherman himself have the last word here.