Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman made his first career NFL start when his team last faced the Cincinnati Bengals roughly four years ago. Sherman had not yet made a name for himself at the professional level and was nothing but a rookie cornerback who had been selected in the fifth round of that year’s draft.
The Seahawks cornerback was faced with the arduous task of covering Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green in the game, and did a pretty good job at it. He held Green to just four catches (63 yards) on 10 targets, and also picked off an Andy Dalton pass that was intended for the dynamic receiver. He shared some thoughts on Green with Pro Football Talk’s Curtis Crabtree (who was with Seattle’s Sports Radio 950 KJR at the time) after the matchup was over, and downplayed the receiver’s reputation in the league.
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“He’s probably one of the most overrated receivers out there,” Sherman said of Green. “He wasn’t anything special. Dalton is a good quarterback, he makes good decisions, but A.J. Green is just a lot of noise talking and bad routes.”
Now, four years later, Sherman has switched his stance on Green just a bit.
“I have a ton of respect for him,” Sherman said on Wednesday. “Obviously, I was hyped up that day, I’m always hyped up after the game. We’ve had conversations, and his resume speaks for itself. He’s had a fantastic four or five years since we’ve played him, so you have to give him all the respect.”
Sherman was likely trying to create a name for himself and make some headlines with his initial comments about Green four years back. He has since been a lot quieter and has avoided putting his opponents on blast over the past two seasons, and it’s good to see him giving Green the props he deserves.
It will be fun to watch the two battle it out on the field on Sunday.