The sports world was quick to react to Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman's all-time postgame interview on Sunday after the Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII.
At the top of his lungs, Sherman shouted to Fox Sports' Erin Andrews that he was the best cornerback in the NFL and trashed the play of 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree. Sherman broke up a pass in the end zone intended for Crabtree that would have positioned the 49ers to take the lead with less than 30 seconds remaining on Sunday.
Justin Verlander, the Detroit Tigers pitcher, was not impressed with Sherman's bravado:
So Russell is a class act! Sherman on the other hand.... If he played baseball would get a high and tight fastball.
— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) January 20, 2014
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, on the other hand, came to Sherman's defense:
Everybody gone talk bout @RSherman_25 interview but that's cause don't nobody don't wanna listen to what's #real they want a script
— Jameis Winston (@Jaboowins) January 20, 2014
As did Duke Ihenacho, the Denver Broncos safety who will be going up against Sherman's Seahawks in the Super Bowl:
Sherman don't get paid to be classy and liked. He's a baller, and he's staying out of trouble of the field. That's all that matters.
— Duke Ihenacho (@NachoLyfe) January 20, 2014
For her part, Andrews, who conducted the interview, tweeted that Sherman was "candid":
Richard Sherman gave a candid response seconds after an emotional game..looking forward to a great Super Bowl matchup
— Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews) January 20, 2014
Here's video of the interview: