Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com
NEWARK, N.J. — Richard Sherman spoke for more than an hour at Super Bowl media day on Tuesday, and said nothing nearly as memorable as his 20-second rant after the NFC Championship Game.
The Seattle Seahawks cornerback was certainly the center of attention — cameramen mobbed him as soon as he walked onto the Prudential Center floor, and a throng of reporters awaited him at his designated podium. But he repeatedly brought up other players, instead of talking about himself.
“I really think these cameras should go to my teammates,” Sherman said. “Especially after Bobby Wagner‘s 15-tackle game in the NFC championship, Kam Chancellor‘s interception and multiple pass deflections and his 11 tackles.
“I think these cameras could be around anyone,” he continued. “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 failed to provide any bulletin-board fodder for the Denver Broncos, either.
“I think we’re really excited for the matchup with Peyton [Manning] and their explosive offense,” Sherman said. “Because we’re competitive, and want to face the best, and they’re the best out there right now. So it’s everything we’ve dreamed of.”
Many people expected Sherman to continue to make waves upon his arrival for Super Bowl week. But he steered clear of controversy in his first news conference Sunday evening, leading one New York City tabloid to label him “The Mouth That Bored” on its backpage.
“I think I might [have] let some people down,” Sherman said. “I think I let some people down the first day I got here, and I didn’t go controversial, because I don’t play to anybody else’s drum, I’m not anybody’s puppet, you’re not gonna just get controversial things. I’m gonna be myself every time, good bad or indifferent. And it’s not always gonna be entertaining, it’s not always gonna be the sound bite that you want.”
Sherman has already apologized for his comments immediately after the Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers to advance to the Super Bowl. Earlier Tuesday, in a column published on TheMMQB.com, Sherman wrote that he should not have embarrassed 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree, the subject of his tirade.
“If I could pass a lesson on to the kids it would be this: Don’t attack anybody,” Sherman wrote. “I shouldn’t have attacked Michael Crabtree the way I did. You don’t have to put anybody else down to make yourself bigger.”
In his media day session with reporters, Sherman did provide a clue to why he was so emotional after the win over the 49ers.
“I think it does help to have a certain attitude and a certain mindset about your opponent — especially playing defender, playing corner, and to be out there on the island,” Sherman said. “Kam Chancellor calls it the dark place — and he has a really dark place that he goes, and I don’t really wannna go there. I go somewhere where there’s a lot of animosity, there’s a lot of frustration, there’s a lot of focus, there’s a lot of slight, and I pull from that place when I need it.”
But he clearly seems to regret how he handled things now.
“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.”
Sherman fielded his fair share of off-the-wall questions Tuesday, which have become standard at media day. One person asked him if he had anything to say to troubled pop star Justin Bieber.
“I don’t, I don’t,” Sherman said, laughing.
When asked if he’s thought about what he will say if the Seahawks win the Super Bowl and he’s interviewed after the game, Sherman smiled.
“I haven’t thought about it,” Sherman said, “but I think I’ll think about it this time.”
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