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Richard Sherman: Patrick Peterson is a way better athlete than me

Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor ( AP

Two of the best cornerbacks in the NFL will be on the field tonight when the Cardinals take on the Seahawks, but Seattle’s Richard Sherman says that as a pure athlete, he doesn’t even compare to Arizona’s Patrick Peterson.

He’s a way better athlete than I am,” Sherman said. “He moves better and he’s faster. He has so much speed that it allows him to play a little differently than I do. I have to play straight technical football. He gets to play a little looser because he can recover in a flash and get back in a play.”

There may be a bit of boastfulness in Sherman’s contrasting himself with Peterson. Sherman seems to be implying that if Peterson is a way better athlete than Sherman, then Sherman’s “straight technical football” must be much better than Peterson’s.

But whatever their differences as players, they play the position as well as anyone. And because they’re in the same division, the 23-year-old Peterson and the 25-year-old Sherman are going to be on the same field many times for many years to come.

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50 Responses to “Richard Sherman: Patrick Peterson is a way better athlete than me”
  1. realdealsteel says: Oct 17, 2013 8:47 AM

    Thursday nite games are usually low scoring. Add in that both these teams have good defenses too..this should be a hard hitting, low scoring game.

    19-13….Seahawks.

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Oct 17, 2013 8:50 AM

    Top 5 Corners in Professional Football – Patrick Peterson, DeAngelo Hall, Joe Haden, Janoris Jenkins and Josh Wilson. In that order.

  3. mn1288 says: Oct 17, 2013 8:50 AM

    50% of the corners in the league would look as good as this guy if they could grab and hold the way the refs let him…And had the PEDs he had. Feel bad that Russell Wilson has to be associated with this clown.

  4. otistaylor89 says: Oct 17, 2013 8:50 AM

    Don’t worry Richard, Patrick Peterson is a way better athlete than pretty much everyone.

  5. scoops1 says: Oct 17, 2013 8:51 AM

    that he is….

  6. succulentnipples says: Oct 17, 2013 8:52 AM

    Falafel anyone?

  7. qdog112 says: Oct 17, 2013 8:55 AM

    There was no “seems to be implying” and anyone who can read understands what he said. He was very clear in his statement and accurate.

    Because Peterson is such a gifted athlete, he can afford to be less technically sound at the position. That’s no slap at Peterson. It’ simply fact. If Sherman was less technically sound and less intelligent at playing the position, he’d be just another guy who talks and can’t back it up.

    As it stands, he may be the best CB in the game – top 3 easily.

  8. Smarterthanyou says: Oct 17, 2013 8:59 AM

    But Sherman is better at life. Is a better Shutdown CB.and plays for a better team.

  9. titansbro says: Oct 17, 2013 9:02 AM

    I think he’s absolutely right. Peterson is a good technical player but having that athletic ability allows him some freedoms that Sherman can’t take. It’s not a knock at all. It’s the reason Deion Sanders was so good too. It’s also why Peterson & Sanders return kicks & Sherman doesn’t.

  10. mlmike25 says: Oct 17, 2013 9:03 AM

    Special teams plays aside, is PP REALLY that good of a cover man?

    Whenever I see his highlights, it’s usually special teams plays.

  11. jay62107 says: Oct 17, 2013 9:04 AM

    I personally don’t like Sherman at all because of his mouth, but he’s showing week in and week out that he’s the best CB and one of the best overall defensive players in the NFL. If any GM had to pick between the 2 I’m pretty sure every one would take Sherman including the 49ers.

  12. DaveKShape says: Oct 17, 2013 9:10 AM

    People who talk about themselves the way Sherman does lose favor pretty quickly when they stop producing. Hopefully the guy ages gracefully; it’s all well and good to talk it up when you’re playing like he is now, but he won’t play like this forever.

  13. bigbaldpapahawk says: Oct 17, 2013 9:11 AM

    Sherman is giving respect rather than talking smack and you make the insinuation that he is disrespecting someone?

  14. ttommytom says: Oct 17, 2013 9:17 AM

    Take nothing away from Sherman but Peterson IS the definition of a world class athlete…

  15. pillowporkers says: Oct 17, 2013 9:39 AM

    I think Sherman just tells it like it is and gets ripped for it. Sure it’s annoying sometimes, but at least he’s willing to speak his mind without caring what others think. That’s what a true leader does. I wish my Vikings had a vocal leader on defense.

  16. touchdownroddywhite says: Oct 17, 2013 9:50 AM

    Sherman didn’t say Peterson wasn’t able to play as technically sound, he said he doesn’t have to. Give the man a break; he’s actually showing some humility for once.

  17. metrocritical says: Oct 17, 2013 9:51 AM

    It’s refreshing to hear Sherman make a subtle reference to his superiority instead of assuming his usual pompous brat persona.

  18. spyder9669 says: Oct 17, 2013 9:54 AM

    Where was that speed against Megatron?

  19. westampa says: Oct 17, 2013 9:57 AM

    you STILL mad bro?

  20. headonaswivel says: Oct 17, 2013 9:57 AM

    Yup, he sure is. Plus he doesn’t have Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas backing him up.

  21. don2074978 says: Oct 17, 2013 9:59 AM

    Can we please see Patrick Peterson on offense against Richard Sherman?

  22. goingoppo says: Oct 17, 2013 10:04 AM

    I hate Richard Sherman, but the guy towards the towards the top of the chain that ahs him outside the top 5 is a moron

  23. denverwally says: Oct 17, 2013 10:09 AM

    Meanwhile, Aquib Talib has quietely and completely shut down A.J. Green, Jimmy Graham, Julio Jones, and Vincent Jackson. All without having a weekly press conference to announce to the world how great he is.

    Listening, Sherman?

  24. ctiggs says: Oct 17, 2013 10:10 AM

    Go niners

  25. beastmode5150 says: Oct 17, 2013 10:20 AM

    Hey pillow, is Jared Allen that guy? I love that dude, and I’m a hawks fan.

  26. trollhammer20 says: Oct 17, 2013 10:37 AM

    As a receiver up until his second year at Stanford, Sherman knows how receivers work. On many of his picks, he’s simply running the same route in a better position.

    You gotta use the gifts you’re given, whether it’s the athletic ability to get recruited into a top SEC football mill like LSU, or the brain to get into Stanford.

  27. jayv27 says: Oct 17, 2013 10:40 AM

    Top 5 corners
    Peterson
    Talib
    Sherman
    Jennings
    Revis

  28. radioactivechimp says: Oct 17, 2013 10:51 AM

    What ever happened to all that hype that Patrick Peterson was going to be a huge offensive weapon for the Cardinals this season?
    Bruce Arians was raving about this guy’s ability at wide receiver in training camp and he has a whopping 2 catches on the year.

  29. mrwalterisgod says: Oct 17, 2013 10:54 AM

    Who has more INT’s? Richard Sherman.

    More pass deflections? Richard Sherman.

    Fewer touchdowns allowed? Richard Sherman.

    Whose played more games? Patrick Peterson.

    Peterson consistently gets scored on by the bigger receivers (Megatron got him not just once but twice in their game earlier this year) and how many times did Michael Crabtree just abuse him last year?

    Yea, Sherm gets beat deep occasionally, and by occasionally I mean 3 times a season. I’d rather have the guy who gets more game altering plays (Sherman) than the guy who is living off his draft status and 4 punt return TD’s (Peterson).

  30. chawk12thman says: Oct 17, 2013 10:54 AM

    He was giving respect. Even when he says the right stuff in the right way, he is slammed by media and fans………enough already.

  31. pmgfootball says: Oct 17, 2013 11:13 AM

    1. Sherman
    2. Peterson
    3. Haden
    4. Revis
    5. Talib
    6. Tillman
    7. Jennings

  32. aldavis4president says: Oct 17, 2013 11:21 AM

    Top 5 corners.
    1.Sherman
    2.revis
    3.Peterson
    4.Haden
    5.talib

  33. midnite2020 says: Oct 17, 2013 11:27 AM

    I didn’t realize talib was so good till this year if revis heals and talib keep playing this good I dont know if Sherman or Peterson are better

  34. sandersmarcus10 says: Oct 17, 2013 11:48 AM

    He gave credit to a great cornor and somehow all the haters seem to find something negative to say about it. smh

  35. jvseahawk says: Oct 17, 2013 11:49 AM

    Peterson was athletically brilliant fumbling twice last year in the game the Hawks won 58-0. Oh. And Sherm had a pick six in that game too.

    Sherm is being nice here. But keep pinging him for it. It fuels him.

  36. gotdressedinabooth says: Oct 17, 2013 12:03 PM

    Good to know Sherman didn’t gave away all of his humble pie, saved a piece for himself. Big fan of his skill set though. The Tim Duncan of corners..

    Top 5 (no particular order):

    Sherman, Peterson, Flowers, Revis, Talib

  37. xgarcia22 says: Oct 17, 2013 12:19 PM

    Sherman should look up the word athlete in the dictionary because his definition has nothing to do with the real answer.

  38. thebirdofprey2 says: Oct 17, 2013 12:38 PM

    If people actually listened to Sherman talk rather than the outside image that is there they would realize he is an intelligent guy and football player with drive to be the best.

    Everything Richard said is true, he gave Peterson his props because the dude is top tier athlete among professionals. Earl Thomas who is in that same category says there isn’t anyone with better technique than Sherm. Throw on top the ball skills from playing WR and that size you get a top 3 CB in NFL.

  39. danoj14 says: Oct 17, 2013 12:48 PM

    Top 5 CB’s

    1. Verner
    2. Talib
    3. Sherman
    4. Peterson
    5. Haden

  40. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 17, 2013 12:55 PM

    1. Sherman
    2. Ike Taylor
    3. Peterson
    4. Jennings
    5. Haden

  41. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Oct 17, 2013 1:35 PM

    top 5 corners

    1.Tramaine brock
    2.Chris Culliver
    3.Tarrell Brown
    4. Carlos Rodgers
    5. Nnamdi Asomugha

  42. ccjcsr says: Oct 17, 2013 1:38 PM

    …..and I’m a better Athlete than anyone commenting on this topic.

    #Championships

  43. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Oct 17, 2013 1:39 PM

    Hate to say it being a die hard niner fan, the only thing that ticked me off about harbaugh is not drafting sherman. HUGE MISTAKE you coached the man for four years!! its crazy to think of our defense with sherman back there..

  44. bbje77 says: Oct 17, 2013 1:51 PM

    Humorous to see names like DeAngelo & Nnamdi in people’s top 5. Clearly, these people are living in the past. I don’t even know if Peterson is quite top 5 yet. He’s still more of a ball hawk than anything else; he’ll get there, but still developing. I’d say Sherman’s #1, followed by Haden. Both guys are shut down corners who can also tackle well.

  45. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 17, 2013 1:54 PM

    He’s right. Without press technique and redirecting guys’ routes, using inside and outside technique on routes allows him to shut guys down. Patrick Peterson doesn’t play as tightly, nor does he have to, because of his closing speed. He can bait QBs more. It is what Deion did before QBs eventually stopped throwing to his side even in zone.

  46. spookyscaryghost says: Oct 17, 2013 2:09 PM

    These comments are ‘my favorite cornerbacks’ and the butthurt that follows.

    Opinions are opinions folks.

  47. truths4all says: Oct 17, 2013 5:20 PM

    Last season against the 49ers, Sherman defensed and controlled Crabtree most of the time in both games. As for Peterson, Crabtree had career days in both games against the Cards.

    Both corners played man coverage against Crabtree when they covered him.

    That clearly tells us that Peterson was NOT the better corner when playing man coverage.

    Not much has changed with regards to talent level between Sherman and Peterson this season.

  48. seenable says: Oct 17, 2013 6:51 PM

    Humble-brag city.

  49. albanyjints says: Oct 17, 2013 8:55 PM

    Does Sherman think Skip Bayless is a better debater than he is?

  50. boyshole25 says: Oct 17, 2013 9:04 PM

    Hall and nmandi…. People are joking and bein homers for their teams they’re not serious dude get a grip

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