Richard Sherman puts Aqib Talib in his class
|01.30.14 at 1:51 pm ET|
What started out as a simple question Thursday about his relationship and rivalry with Darrelle Revis turned into an interesting window on the players Richard Sherman believes are the best at his position in the NFL.
Revis was one of the most outspoken about Sherman’s comments to FOX’s Erin Andrews about Michael Crabtree after the NFC championship on Jan. 19 in Seattle.
“I didn’t think that was good on his part,” Revis told the Tampa Bay Times. “If you listen to what the reporter asked him, it was nothing about him, it was about the team, and he put himself ahead of the team.
“Other than that, he’s an entertainer. He talks. He probably talks in his sleep. I thought he shouldn’t have said all that.”
On Thursday, Sherman responded.
“We’ve had a few conversations,” Sherman said. “He’s a great guy and we squashed all the nonsense. As a corner, at the cornerback position, I think every one of them out there is going to say that they’re the best, and that’s the way you’ve got to play the position.”
Sherman was referring to the fact that Revis this week said he still feels he’s the best corner in the business. Sherman definitely put Revis in that class along with several others, including New England’s Aqib Talib.
“I’m sure every corner out there that’s playing good football right now – the (Cleveland CB) Joe Haden’s, the (Arizona CB) Patrick Peterson‘s, the Darrelle Revis‘s, the (New England CB) Aqib Talib‘s, the (Tennessee CB) Alterraun Verner’s – feels like they’re the best corner in football. In order to play this game at the highest level, that’s how you’ve got to feel.
“That’s the confidence you feel. Now they may not go out and say it out loud and proclaim it like I do, but I’m 100 percent sure they feel that way. They play some great football and they deserve to feel that way as well. Like I said, I’m going to feel the way I am and they’re going to feel the way they are, and that’s just good corners playing football.”
As for any hard feelings Sherman has for Revis?
“No, not at all,” Sherman said. “I think one of those things, just like a lot of other things, is a lot of media fabrication more than anything. People make it more of a big deal than it really is. Guys have conversations off the field and are good friends. People would be surprised. They think they’re really mortal enemies, and it’s really not like that.”