If you ask around the NFL, many fans, players and coaches will tell you that the best cornerback in the game right now is Richard Sherman. Not only is he insanely popular and polarizing at the moment, but he also happens to back up his trash talk with shutdown ability.
Some have even begun to compare Sherman to Deion Sanders, someone who is considered one of the greatest cornerbacks of all time. But when you start looking for a modern version of Prime Time, Sanders says look to the NFC West but not at Richard Sherman; instead look at Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson.
In fact, Sanders not only killed any comparison between himself and Sherman, he killed Sherman’s reputation as the best cornerback in the NFL.
“But with Sherman, I said, ‘Let me take a look at this guy who is only playing left corner and making all this noise. And what I found out was, he’s not as athletic as Patrick Peterson; he’s not quick and doesn’t come out of breaks like Champ Bailey. But the guy is smart. He studies his butt off. And the reason I know that is the anticipation I saw him make on a couple of plays comes from studying, not from skill. But he’s got a tremendous amount of skill as well.”
Sherman’s declaration as the best cornerback in the league rubbed many other top cornerbacks the wrong way and Sanders’ reaction proves that even retired players are put off by Sherman’s boastful attitude.
Of course, Sanders mentioning that he’s the definition of a cornerback smacks of something Richard Sherman would say, thus highlighting a bit of hypocrisy in Sanders’ rant.