Richard Sherman, an understated diplomat?
That’s what the opinionated, often-outspoken Seahawks star was Wednesday when asked about the Bengals star receiver he once dissed when they were rookies.
Sunday will be the first face-to-face matchup of the All-Pro cornerback and Cincinnati’s big-play receiver A.J. Green since the Bengals’ 34-12 win in Seattle on Oct. 30, 2011.
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Sherman was a rookie then, starting his first game that day against Green. Sherman intercepted a pass Andy Dalton intended to throw to Green. He tipped another pass Seahawks teammate Kam Chancellor intercepted. Green had four catches for 63 yards that day, 43 of which came when he beat then-second-year free safety Earl Thomas for a touchdown.
After that game Sherman said of Green: “He’s probably one of the most overrated receivers out there. He wasn’t anything special. Dalton is a good quarterback, he makes good decisions, but A.J. Green is just a lot of noise talking and bad routes.”
Ah, but time has matured Sherman about Green. Either that or Sherman just wasn’t in the mood for any more poking of Green – not two weeks after he scorched Baltimore for 227 yards receiving, the high in an NFL game this season.
“I remember that. That was my first game, wasn’t it?” Sherman reminded on Wednesday. “Yeah, ay, there we go.
“You know, I have a ton of respect for him. Obviously, I was hyped up that day – I’m always hyped up after a game. But we’ve had conversations. And his resume speaks for itself. He’s had a fantastic four or five years since we played him. So you have to give him all the respect.”