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Richard Sherman Is Being Unfairly Criticized For Postgame Rant

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Published on Jan 20, 2014

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/...
SEATTLE -- Richard Sherman is the best cornerback in the NFL. Just ask him.

Have no doubt, people will -- time and again -- over these next two weeks.

Sherman had better be ready for the harsh glare of the spotlight, because he put himself there with his antics in Sunday night's 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers that sent the Seattle Seahawks to their second Super Bowl.

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It wasn't enough for him to make a choke sign after his dazzling play that led to Seattle's game-clinching interception, an immature move that parents and coaches all over the country will gladly use as an example of "What not to do -- or else."

No, Sherman had to go and diss San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree in a postgame interview with Fox's Erin Andrews, then give a similar, though slightly more restrained version, of his rant about an hour later.

"I was making sure everybody knew Crabtree was a mediocre receiver. Mediocre," Sherman said, enunciating the repeated word so there would be no doubt. "And when you try the best corner in the game with a mediocre receiver, that's what happens. "

Entertaining stuff, to be sure. And refreshing, in some ways.

As great a show as it is, the NFL has lost a lot of its personality in recent years. Gone are the days of oversized personalities like Joe Namath, Deion Sanders or Warren Sapp, guys who were liable to say or do something outrageous any time they opened their mouth or stepped on the field.

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Now everything -- and everyone -- is carefully managed, a series of scripted soundbites. When New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is your main source for comic relief, well, it's no wonder many think the NFL stands for "The No-Fun League."

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