Today was vintage Richard Sherman. I mean, top-shelf, Grade-A, outspoken and genuine Sherman.
All over the place. And unlike anyone else.
First things first: the elbow he got banged and strained by Kam Chancellor on a hit out of bounds to end a run by Green Bay's James Starks to begin the fourth quarter of Sunday's NFC championship. Sherman stayed in the game but played the final period with just one arm, holding the other one into his chest.
Asked how his elbow was today, Sherman shrugged (yes, both his shoulder elevated equally, by the way) and said: "It's better than it was during the game. Still a little sore. But, you know, not too bad."
That's an marked improvement on the last time I talked to him, in the hour following Sunday's victory over Green Bay in the NFC championship. Then he couldn't move his left arm up above about his hip.
Is he sticking with his proclamation that day that he was "100 percent" going to play in the Super Bowl?
"That's my story," Sherman said, "and I'm sticking to it."
Sherman said he may practice with a brace over his left elbow, "but they (medical staffers) think it will be better by game day. There shouldn't be any limitations, honestly.
"You know, my left stiff arm might not be the best right now. But other than that I will be pretty decent."
Now on to the rest of his show today.
What did Tom Brady say to him and the Seahawks during the teams' last meeting, Oct. 14, 2012? What caused Sherman to get in Brady's face following Seattle's come-from-behind, 24-23 win -- and then tweet this after that game:
What did Brady saw that spark that?
"Pretty much that we are nobodies, and that we should come up to him after they got the win," Sherman said.
"So we should take that pretty well," Sherman added, sarcastically, "'Oh, can I get your autograph, too?'"
New England led that 2012 game 23-10 midway through the fourth quarter. Then-rookie quarterback Russell Wilson threw two touchdowns in the final 7:09, including to Sidney Rice with 1:18 left, to stun Brady and the defending AFC champion Patriots 24-23. Sherman and Earl Thomas had interceptions of Brady that rainy day in Seattle.
Before the Seahawks' rallied, Brady was chirping. So says Sherman.
"People somehow get a skewed view of Tom Brady, that he's just clean cut, always does everything right. Never says a bad word to anyone. And we know him to be otherwise," Sherman said today. "So, in that moment of him being himself, he said some things. And we returned the favor. Unfortunately, apparently he didn't remember what he said, etcetera, etcetera.
"I'm sure when he's yelling at the refs he's saying, 'Oh, good job. You are doing a fantastic job. Keep it up.'"
He's about to be opposite New England cover man Darrelle Revis in this Super Bowl. Revis was considered to be the league's best cornerback when Sherman entered the league in 2011.
Would Richard Sherman still say he is the best cornerback in NFL?
"I don't know anyone who would say otherwise," he said.
Is he going to advise Marshawn Lynch on how to handle the Super Bowl media hoard next week in Arizona?
"You know, we are going to have a course later on this week. Going into Media Day we are going to have a good discussion on do's and don'ts. Me and Marshawn," Sherman said.
And then he laughed again.
Aaron Rodgers did not throw to him once in 36 drop backs in Week 1 of this season -- and then tested Sherman on Green Bay's first trip into the red zone last weekend. Sherman intercepted it.
"Everybody that told him to throw at me kind of swallowed what they said after that," Sherman said of Rodgers. "They were like, 'Oh, maybe that's why you don't throw at him, because he intercepts the football. He's got 26, 27 of them the last four years. So you should probably stop throwing at him.' That's probably what they were thinking."
All righty then.
What did he learn from last year's Super Bowl experience that he thinks will help him on this second consecutive trip next week?
"I learned not to pack too much," he said.
Then he laughed again.
Asked what is going to happen when and if the thumping Chancellor hits bullish Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski when both are going full speed in the Super Bowl -- Chancellor is likely to have coverage responsibilities in Seattle's base defense -- Sherman said: "I don't know. I will be sitting there with popcorn. It will be good football, though."
So what is Sherman's appreciation now for Chancellor's impact on hits after absorbing the one that injured his elbow last weekend?
"Less," Sherman said. "I survived. ... I'm just messing with you.
"I think he let off a little bit ... took a little bit off that hit, and let me survive.
"We were out and about (recently) and Kam wasn't there; it was all the DBs and Kam wasn't there yet. We were like, 'We're a bunch of wild dogs -- until the big lion comes. And then we are bad. We are some bad men with him around. He just brings that menacing force. We are a pack of wild dogs. But that pack of wild dogs is pretty menacing and dangerous. But a lion running with a pack of wild dogs ... that's something."
Put it this way: the Seahawks wouldn't bring Sherman out for his normal press conference in front of national and even international (Spanish-language TV and Canada's Rogers SportsNet are here) television cameras to put on the quality show he did today if he was in danger of not playing.