With the Seahawks preparing to play the Lions and Sherman preparing to cover Calvin Johnson, Sherman is tweaking Johnson’s “Megatron” nickname by referring to himself as “Optimus Prime.” Sherman’s Twitter account now lists his name as Optimus Prime, not Richard Sherman.
For those who aren’t into Transformers, Optimus Prime is the leader of the good-guy Autobots, while Megatron is the leader of the bad-guy Decepticons. Former Lions receiver Roy Williams gave Johnson the Megatron nickname shortly after the Lions drafted Johnson in 2007.
Although Sherman is doing something different on Twitter this week, he downplayed the significance of facing Johnson.
“Same challenge as every week,” Sherman told the Seattle Times. “I don’t care who’s out there. It’s the league, boy, they’re going to have a good receiver out there every week where it’s Fitz [Larry Fitzgerald], Steve Smith, you’ve got Brandon Lloyd. No different.”
And Sherman talking trash on Twitter is the same as every week, too.