Richard Sherman said Wednesday he has purposely become more "cliché" this season and has tried to avoid the spotlight and the negative attention that seems to find him when he voices his opinions.
Then, moments later, he ripped Tom Brady and said he's the best cornerback in the NFL ahead of Darrelle Revis.
Talk about cliché!
The vociferous Seattle cornerback already has had some very public throwdowns with both of those players whom he will face in Super Bowl XLIX next Sunday.
And judging by his remarks in his first of many news conferences before that game, the grudges continue.
Sherman's conflict with Brady goes back to the 2012 game against him. The Seahawks won, and after the game Sherman approached the quarterback to remind him of the fact. He even tweeted a picture of himself trash-talking at a silent Brady, captioning it with the now well-known question: "U mad bro?"
"I think people somehow get a skewed view of Tom Brady that he's just a clean-cut [guy], does everything right, never says a bad word to anyone," Sherman said Wednesday. "We know him to be otherwise. In that moment of him being himself he said some things and we returned the favor."
Sherman said Brady started the trash talk. "He was pretty much saying we were nobodies and we should come up to him after they got the win," Sherman said. "So we should take that pretty well? Cool, can I get your autograph, too?' ''
In a radio interview earlier this week, Brady said he didn't even hear Sherman after the game. "Truthfully, at that time, I thought he was just coming up to say 'good game,' '' Brady said. "It was loud after that game, so I didn't really hear anything. Then I went into the locker room after the game and . . . he said he was talking trash to me. It was a bit of a surprise to me."
Sherman also engaged in a Twitter duel with Revis in February, 2013 when Revis was still a Jet. The crux of the argument was who laid claim to being the NFL's top cornerback.
"He's had a great year, he's doing his job effectively," Sherman said of Revis in 2014. "We play the game two different ways. His technique is a little more conventional and mine is more unorthodox. That means it's more difficult to replicate what I do on the football field. Everyone's going to make comparisons, but it's two different styles to compare. I play my way, he plays his way, and both are effective."
Sherman said he has had several conversations with Revis since their social media showdown, especially with former Seahawk Brandon Browner now playing alongside Revis.
Of course there is no official title. Sherman said he is more concerned about "the historical aspect" of being considered the top corner, noting that "it's just a respect thing." But he still believes he is the best.
"I don't know anyone else who would say otherwise," he said. Perhaps someone will ask Revis for his opinion on the matter.