Seattle Seahawks All-Pro Richard Sherman had eight interceptions and led the league in passes defensed (24) last year. Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin thinks the third-year cornerback will be even better this year.
“I love Richard Sherman. I absolutely love him,” said Irvin, who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.
“This game, and especially guys who play on that island, requires such confidence,” Irvin said, via Seahawks.com. “And Sherm has that confidence. A lot of guys have that confidence, but very few have the confidence and aura about them so much so that when he walks on the field others get confidence.”
“I always say I will take the less-superior athlete,” Irvin continued. “Don’t give me the guy who’s superior to everybody. Give me the guy who plays great and knows how to make everybody else play great. And that’s what Richard does. He doesn’t back down. He doesn’t care who it is across from him. People may take it the wrong way, but he’s the greatest dude in the world.”
A fifth-round draft selection by the Seahawks in 2011, Sherman started the final 10 games as a rookie, intercepting four passes. Last season he was voted All-Pro.
“He’s an incredibly adept cover guy,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s a spiritual accent to whatever we’re doing. He’s got a great spirit about him. He’s as competitive as you can possibly be, which we’ve totally held in this program.
“We’ll count on him to match up against the guys, and really just play football again. He’s prepared like it, he does it in every practice every day. He’s doing everything that he needs to do to position himself to do it again. It’s one thing to have a good year, but it’s coming back and coming back, which is something that we really cherish. He’s up against that now, and he’s done all of the right things to get that done.”