One reason we love Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (aside from his insane football IQ, of course) is his hilarious comments at press conferences.
Sometimes Sherm gets serious: we’ve seen this when he’s spoken openly about about Black Lives Matter and the NFL’s hypocrisy. Other times, he makes playful jabs at his teammates’ expense — like when he said that wide receiver, and fellow Stanford alum, Doug Baldwin wasn’t a route runner until he met Sherman (that happened today) or when he said he was excited to celebrate National Ginger Appreciation Day in a comment about then-new tight end Jimmy Graham.
“He’s kind of like either the Dos Equis guy or Chuck Norris,” Sherman said of the Seahawks free safety. Then, on a more serious note, added “He’s a guy who is exactly who people think he is, and better than the people who think he’s the best.
He’s better than the people who have the highest praise for him, he’s better than that. People don’t get to see him work on a daily basis, they don’t get to see how hard he goes, how hard he practices even when the practice doesn’t matter. You guys don’t get to see Walk Thrus, but in Walk Thrus he doesn’t let people catch the ball, he doesn’t let people execute their plays. When we’re supposed to let the offense catch it, he just doesn’t live his life that way. The only person who can beat Earl Thomas is Earl B. Thomas III, or maybe the second. His dad might get him.”
Thomas is notoriously focused and involved during practices and games — even when he’s rooting from the sideline. ESPN Seahawks reporter Sheil Kapadia captured a video of Earl celebrating after the Seahawks’ preseason win over the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday.
“Nobody watches practice harder,” Sherman said, half-joking about Thomas’ intensity. “Practice watches Earl Thomas, Earl Thomas doesn’t watch practice.”