Embroiled in controversy since his now infamous 15-second rant in the moments immediately following Seattle's NFC Championship victory, cornerback Richard Sherman drew one of the biggest crowd's at the Super Bowl's media day. Journalists swarmed the lockdown, loud-mouth corner to ask him about the looming game and opposing receivers like Demaryius Thomas.
Sherman, though, had already said a lot for himself with his Tuesday column for Sports Illustrated's MMQB blog. Sherman crafted his new-found knowledge into an easy-to-digest listicle because the guy just gets it. His 10 Things I Learned After America Learned About Me provides a great deal of insight into Sherman as a human being, rather than the over-excited version of himself that America met a little more than a week ago.
1. No one has ever made himself great by showing how small someone else is. That’s not mine. It belongs to Irvin Himmel. Somebody tweeted it at me after the NFC Championship Game. If I could pass a lesson on to the kids it would be this: Don’t attack anybody. I shouldn’t have attacked Michael Crabtree the way I did. You don’t have to put anybody else down to make yourself bigger.
2. This stage is bigger than I thought it was. How much does America love football? My one little rant made it onto CNBC and CNN. I heard my name on The View. I got tweets in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Czech and Arabic. People identify with the struggle and the battle of a football game.
If you've got the time, check out Sherman's post and allow yourself to realize that he's one of the good guys in today's NFL. Win or lose on Sunday, the fact that he's commanded as much attention as he has is good for the sport and good for American culture. [MMQB]