Richard Sherman: Peyton is the classiest player I’ve ever met

AP

As Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman limped around in the bowels of MetLife Stadium after spraining his ankle in Super Bowl XLVIII, he felt someone tap him on the shoulder. He turned and saw that it was Peyton Manning, checking to see if he was OK.

Sherman said on Mike and Mike in the Morning that he was moved by the fact that Manning, who had just been dealt a terrible loss, seemed mostly interested in finding out if Sherman had been badly hurt.

“He was really concerned about my well-being,” Sherman said. “After a game like that, a guy who’s still classy enough to say ‘How are you doing?’ To show that kind of concern for an opponent shows a lot of humility and class.”

Sherman said that despite Manning’s bad game, the Seahawks continue to have a great deal of respect for him.

“He’s a Hall of Fame player, he’s a living legend, he’s a record-holding quarterback, he’s a Super Bowl champion, he’s been a Super Bowl MVP,” Sherman said of Manning.

On Twitter, Sherman took some Seahawks fans to task for bad-mouthing Manning.

“Peyton is the Classiest person/player I have ever met! I could learn so much from him! Thank you for being a great Competitor and person,” Sherman wrote. “There is no reason to bash him on here please Seattle let’s just enjoy this one!!!! He is still a Future HOF player.”

Manning remains a great player, and even on a day when he didn’t play great, he was a classy player.

145 responses to “Richard Sherman: Peyton is the classiest player I’ve ever met

  1. Poor Mikey Davey Smith, time to take off those Peyton footie pj’s you’re wearing. Embarrassing suck-up.

  2. It’s nice to hear him saying respectful things about his opponents, that’s the way sports are meant to be played. I don’t approve of what he said a few weeks ago, but there’s no reason to gold it against him for the rest of his life if he can drop the hype-man routine and start taking after Russell Wilson a little more.

  3. It’s well documented all over the web how bad I hate Manning and even I had to feel bad for him last night.

  4. I still don’t understand why people hate him for a post game rant. At least hold others to the same standard. Two of the biggest icons in sports history, muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan were the cookiest and most arrogant individuls. Obviously Sherman isn’t near the same class as these athletes, however, just because someone is more elite shouldn’t give them a pass. Not a Sherman or Seahawks fan, but people need to stop being so easily offended.

  5. Peyton seems to understand there is much more to life than football. Strap it up and battle for 60 minutes, but after the game everyone’s human. You can call him a choker, say he can’t win the big games, and so on…. but you will never be able to call him classless.

  6. Manning is a first ballot hof.
    But defense wins championships.
    I told you we’d win.
    Thanx for the hate
    It only motivates us

  7. Check it out…
    Not Sherman, lynch, Wilson, Thomas or anyone well known was mvp.
    A 7th round pick, backup linebacker was mvp.
    I’m glad manning said no to Seattle when he picked Denver in free agency.

  8. Peyton is pure class. He’s still GOAT in my opinion. Sometimes you run into a team who just has bigger, stronger, faster players and a crowd that is so loud you can’t hear your self think. Those were the circumstances last night.

    I would say half of the Broncos were shell schocked and scared. They were exposed of how soft the receivers are, and how inexperienced during big games their defense is.

    The coaching staff did a horrible job of preparing the players. Really, that’s where it boils down to. The players and coaches were just happy to be there.

    Seattle, was awesome. Congrats!

  9. Everyone wants to talk about Manning’s legacy, and that is it right there. He is a Hall of Fame, Super Bowl MVP, multiple record holder that is able to suffer a crushing defeat in the biggest of spotlights and instead of going off to sulk, search out an injured player from the other team to ensure that he is okay.

  10. Sherman’s “rant” was unusual because he was full of adrenaline and wasn’t under the usual rules for talking to reporters. In that respect, it was great. Nothing canned about it.

    What bothers me about all these comments from self-described fans saying Peyton lost the game, they fail to see that Seattle won it. They didn’t even shut down Peyton. He set SB records.

    Seattle won the game. Denver had nothing to do with it. They ran into a brick wall. Two or three defensive players were at almost all of those dink passes.

  11. One more thing as I see Seahawks fans ranting and raving – congrats, you’ve earned it. But for the love of God please stop saying “us”. Unless you were a player, coach, manager, trainer, ball boy, or in any way on the roster – “we” did not win a Super Bowl. The Seahawks did. Drives me nuts when fans do that.

    seatownballers – did you feel extra motivation from fans hating on the Seahawks? Did it inspire you to cheer extra loudly at your TV? Did that in any way impact the game? No. You are a fan, you are not a Seahawk. Time to learn the difference.

  12. Good morning poet! How are you? Continue with the hate mail please. Seahawks have a Lombardi.
    How many do the Vikings have?

  13. Dick will be fine, Peyton. There’s enough “medication” floating around that locker room to take care of any ills.

  14. Why are all the Vikings fans chiming in?
    Oh yeah, 5-11 doesn’t win championships.
    Thank you for percy

  15. thepftpoet says:
    Feb 3, 2014 10:13 AM
    Xavier Rhodes > Richard Sherman

    2014 Seattle Super Bowl has an asterisk on it *

    ^^^^^^I was looking for the dumbest post yet and i found it. How in the WORLD is there an asterisk on this BEAT DOWN?!

  16. Now, I have enjoyed some of the comments from Sherman, and I have hated some of the coments from Sherman. In this case, Sherman absolutely got it right. Manning isnt a dink, alot of people ate him because of how good he is, but he handles himself the right way.

    With that said, my only thought is, if Sherman wasnt so busy show boating, and running through his “you mad bro” act, he would probably find that plenty of players in the NFL are just as classy as Manning. Just saying. Tone it back a little Richard, win with grace, and lose with class… Your post game demeaner should not change based on the result of the game

  17. You can only tell the character of a person by how they lose. Never by how they win.

    Scam Newton’s first couple of years he showed his true baby character by pouting in defeat.

  18. Sherman on interview setting down after Super Bowel was very good. After NFC championship game where she stuck a mic in his face before he could calm down was not fair, give all players a little time

  19. Not the time to discuss how great Manning is. But clearly he has matured into not just an intense competitor tempered with sportmanship and empathy.

    Seattle, enjoy your first title. It’s always the sweetest.

  20. seatownballers says:
    Feb 3, 2014 10:17 AM

    Manning is a first ballot hof.
    But defense wins championships.
    I told you we’d win.
    Thanx for the hate
    It only motivates us

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    more like “it motivates you” to be classless in victory.

  21. Opposite ends of the class spectrum. Karma said you’re welcome for that bum ankle. Am I the only one who wanted to see him get pelted with food as he was carted off the field? Am I? Was it just me?

  22. The asterisk symbol is for the domination.
    Try playing some defense poet, and your team won’t finish last in your division.

  23. Classy Peyton, awful superbowl. As a Browns fan, Really makes me wonder about the credentials of Dan Quinn as a possible head coach in the future. That game was won by the Defense last night

  24. Good on Peyton. Another reminder why he is so beloved to fans. He’s easy to root for as opposed to other qbs out there that leave the field pouting after a loss. I won’t name tombrady names.

  25. 2difshoe says:Feb 3, 2014 10:34 AM

    seatownballers says:
    Feb 3, 2014 10:17 AM

    Manning is a first ballot hof.
    But defense wins championships.
    I told you we’d win.
    Thanx for the hate
    It only motivates us

    —————————————————————

    more like “it motivates you” to be classless in victory.

    I only respond to hate mail,
    I’ll party all day in Vegas. Your team won’t. Hate me all day. My team backs it up, giving me the right to talk.
    Have a good day

  26. Vikesfan320 said: “One more thing as I see Seahawks fans ranting and raving – congrats, you’ve earned it. But for the love of God please stop saying “us”. Unless you were a player, coach, manager, trainer, ball boy, or in any way on the roster – “we” did not win a Super Bowl. The Seahawks did. Drives me nuts when fans do that.”

    Apparently Vikings fans don’t understand the concept of the 12th man. If you’re a true Seattle fan, YOU are their 12th man! … I view MY Titans and OUR Titans the same way.

  27. My lord, his PR team did this? Really? He did this to get endorsements? Did you see the nice, new, beats by dre commercial his rant got him? Sherman is a highly intelligent individual. Being the bad guy sell just as much, if not more, then being the good guy. His rant was after an intense game, after Crabtree shoved a hand in his face. get over it. His feud with Bayless was staged for ESPN’s first take. It’s a damn shame he was even vilified in the first place, he should be applauded for where he’s come from, and what he’s done.

  28. Bronco fans are the nicest classiest group of fans Ive ever met and manning Fits in there perfectly. You can literally punch a bronco fan in the face and they will apologize for it! Now us steeler fans we dont understand that classy, fan thing at all! LOL

  29. seatownballers says:
    Feb 3, 2014 10:17 AM
    Manning is a first ballot hof.
    But defense wins championships.
    I told you we’d win.
    Thanx for the hate
    It only motivates us

    What do you mean by US?
    What position were you playing?

  30. How are any of you still hating? The Seahawks beat down the Broncos and are the Champs plain and simple, but now cap space, pills, trades, cheating everything under the sun is being mentioned, you look like fools bringing up irrelevent stuff!

  31. “big64d says:
    Feb 3, 2014 10:31 AM
    You can only tell the character of a person by how they lose. Never by how they win.

    Scam Newton’s first couple of years he showed his true baby character by pouting in defeat.”
    *****************
    Are you the only left still playing the tired Scam Newton Card? The Seahawks win the SB and you take an unprovoked shot at Cam. What, did he screw your mom or what?

    Still think the south can pull out a win in the Civil War? What’s your deal?

  32. This is in such stark contrast to Steelers’ fans – who blame the refs for every loss, endlessly begrudge their opponant’s victories, minimize their successes, and cheer their injuries.

  33. I find it humorous that Seattle fans are so excited about having Percy Harvin…its actually an insult to your team to make such a big deal out of him.

    The rest of the Seahawks were there all year —- and were the best team in the NFL.

    Percy Harvin is a frontrunner who thinks only of himself — don’t believe me….look at him in high school, college, and with Minnesota and Seattle. You’re welcome to him — he’s a great player when he’s on a team that’s winning.

    Also, if you wan to believe that being a rabid fan makes you part of the team, then good for you. My children still believe in Santa, and I think that’s nice as well.

  34. Let’s talk about the “my” team concept literally here for a moment. Should Seattle fans say “we” won last night? Again, literally … Why was this team 7 and 1 at home his season? Did crowd noise have anything to do with that? Why did the Seahawks score a safety on the opening play last night? Did crowd noise have anything to do with that? In other words, do fans impact the outcome of a game?

    Yes Seattle fans, YOU won last night.

  35. I’m not sure which it is. Either he wants to soften Sherman up for the next time they play, or he’s just used to losing in the playoffs so he’s not really stung by the outcome.

    No one’s going to be talking about regular season accolades or how classy he is when discussing Peyton’s legacy once he’s out of the league— just how many trophies he hoisted and the playoff record.

    Can’t play in weather or in big games, played in crappy divisions, records set with the easiest of schedules, always has had a great set of weapons around him. I think Dungy looks fantastic for finding a way to get a super bowl win with Peyton.

  36. How many times did he make a fool of himself before others gave him a clue? I just don’t think he would be uttering those words about Peyton had Seattle lost. No one changes overnight.

  37. I really do not understand the hatred that people have for Manning. Not a trash talker simply just shows up everyday and does his job. Never made sense how people do not love this guy. By far my favorite player in the league that is not a Raven

  38. toonloonboon says:
    Feb 3, 2014 10:54 AM
    when manning asked sherman if he was allr ight, sherman responded “not enough adderrall”

    ^^^^These fools keep looking more dumber every post. Bro it was a beat down you seen it like we all did stop hating and move on!

  39. As Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman limped around in the bowels of MetLife Stadium after spraining his ankle in Super Bowl XLVIII, he felt someone tap him on the shoulder. He turned and saw that it was Peyton Manning, checking to see if he was OK.
    _______________________________

    Ummm. He also said that Peyton congratulated him in a full suit. That’s pretty impressive.
    (Peyton congratulated him at his post-game conference)

  40. Apparently, I should be even more impressed that this team was able to go 6-2 on the road playing with only 11 men.

    How much does the 12th man count against the salary cap?

    Are all fans who make up the 12th man required to report to training camp or not?

    Is this 12th man under contract or are they available in free agency?

    Again, congratulations Seattle your TEAM was the best in the NFL.

  41. harveyredman says: Feb 3, 2014 10:05 AM

    Really seems like Sherman grew up since his rant. Some guys need to hit rock bottom to change. Nice….
    ———-

    Or he was already grown, slipped up for 20 seconds, and you just realized he was this guy before?

  42. pixelito says: Feb 3, 2014 10:58 AM

    99% of the football fan population will always see Sherman as the punk he is.

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    check your thumbs up & thumbs down. 3 up & 6 down is more like 33.333%. gorilla math at it’s finest.

  43. brbuck12 says:
    Feb 3, 2014 10:41 AM
    you would never see tom brady do that

    ******************************

    Um, Tom Brady wouldn’t have lost that game.

  44. ‘jasonculhane says: Feb 3, 2014 10:23 AM

    Peyton is pure class. He’s still GOAT in my opinion. Sometimes you run into a team who just has bigger, stronger, faster players and a crowd that is so loud you can’t hear your self think. Those were the circumstances last night.

    I would say half of the Broncos were shell schocked and scared. They were exposed of how soft the receivers are, and how inexperienced during big games their defense is.

    The coaching staff did a horrible job of preparing the players. Really, that’s where it boils down to. The players and coaches were just happy to be there.

    Seattle, was awesome. Congrats!’

    Jason,

    Well said & I couldn’t agree more. Peyton came back from 4 or 5 neck surgeries & took the Broncos to a SB @ 37 years old & people are still criticizing him??? What does it say when people can’t even appreciate a first ballot HOF after his 3rd SB appearance??? Some of you people are sad excuses for being a fan of the game.

    BTW–There’s only one team in the NFL that even came close to matching Seattle’s physicality & toughness this season & that was the Niners. The entire AFC was extremely soft this year & that’s not on Peyton. Denver lost a TON of players to injuries this year but they’ll be back next year.

  45. sandersmarcus10 says: Feb 3, 2014 10:33 AM

    And were are all the people that said that Manning was going to torch Sherman, 3 pass attempts his way the whole game 2 incomplete and 1 for 4 yards!

    ———————

    They’re here; trying their hardest to make sure that Sherman is known for an adrenaline-filled postgame rant, and not for being the best CB in the league, and an erstwhile classy, articulate dude before and since those 20 seconds transpired.

  46. Seahawks are the champs! Good on them!
    Now, if Seattle can parlay the Medical Marijuana industry into the rest of the states, then Seattle will truly be a champion of the people.

  47. Love him or hate him, it doesn’t make any difference. Because of what he does on and off the field in 20 years Manning will still be talked about as one of the greatest of all time. If you are a true football fan and too young to remember Montana watch him now because he will be a part of football forever.

  48. Just once I’d like to see Manning emerge from a regular season as a No. 6 or No. 5-seed playoff team. Less pressure. Less expectations. Quarterbacks who have `won” Super Bowls in recent history have been from lower-seeded teams.
    Secondly, Manning seems to accept defeat far too graciously. Throwing a tantrum after a postseason loss might give his “highly-competitive” reputation some credibility.
    Show me a “good loser” and I’ll show you … well, you know.

  49. Seahawk fans: Congratulations and enjoy the win! That was scary (Ravens, Bears, Steelers) type defense. Maybe better! All this talk, trash or otherwise, will fade away in a couple of days. Then it’s on to baseball. Wait! That means the Mariners. Sorry!

  50. Yep, Peyton’s a professional loser. He was probably figuring out how to be classy and graceful in loss before the game even started. Maybe that’s what he meant by preparation.

  51. sandersmarcus10 says: Feb 3, 2014 11:10 AM

    toonloonboon says:
    Feb 3, 2014 10:54 AM
    when manning asked sherman if he was allr ight, sherman responded “not enough adderrall”

    ^^^^These fools keep looking more dumber every post. Bro it was a beat down you seen it like we all did stop hating and move on!
    _____________________________________

    More dumber huh?

  52. superslugg says: Feb 3, 2014 11:02 AM

    ‘I’m not sure which it is. Either he wants to soften Sherman up for the next time they play, or he’s just used to losing in the playoffs so he’s not really stung by the outcome.

    No one’s going to be talking about regular season accolades or how classy he is when discussing Peyton’s legacy once he’s out of the league— just how many trophies he hoisted and the playoff record.

    Can’t play in weather or in big games, played in crappy divisions, records set with the easiest of schedules, always has had a great set of weapons around him. I think Dungy looks fantastic for finding a way to get a super bowl win with Peyton.’

    Superslugg,

    His legacy is going to be that he was a first ballot HOFer & one of the greatest QB’s to ever play the game PLUS he’s someone that EVERYONE in the NFL–past or present–respects. What a loser right???

    You should change your name to ‘Superdumb.’

  53. Not that dicksherm is one to judge, he wouldn’t know classy if it slapped him across the face.
    Still trying to figure out how the seagulls won that game without the biggest mouth in sports blocking, throwing, running, tackling, kicking, handing off, punting, etc for them.

  54. “Raddion says: Feb 3, 2014 11:18 AM

    brbuck12 says:
    Feb 3, 2014 10:41 AM
    you would never see tom brady do that

    ******************************

    Um, Tom Brady wouldn’t have lost that game.”

    The AFC was very weak compared to the NFC this year. It really would not have mattered who the Seahawks played. Pats might have been able to muster up more than 8 points but, the result still would have been the same.

  55. There is a reason Peyton Manning is looked at as a legend by almost all football players. Its not just his MVPs and records but the man carries himself with class and such a respect for the game. He gets so much hate because he is really good and gets so much attention.

    Richard Sherman even though he has image in the media through some people with blinders. Sherman is loved by his player, coaches, Seahawk fans and people that take the time to learn his story.

  56. that’s the difference between Manning & Brady.. Brady is a ruthless assassin who hates his opponents.. it kills him to lose.. Manning just shrugs it off & has a Bud Light

  57. I love how everyone is cheering Sherman for “finally seeing the light” like they can finally respect him because he is a changed man. Why can’t he be both guys? The loud audacioius confident guy between the lines and the introspective intelligent guy off the field? Just because he respects and finds Peyton Manning to be a class act, doesn’t mean he has to like Crabtree and the 49ers or any other opponent for that matter. Why isn’t it enough that he is honest? He thinks the 49ers are disrespectful and not worthy of his admiration… he thinks Peyton is. He never owed anyone any apologies and he never owed any other teams fans a duty to be more humble and change who he is. Maybe this experience has a made him a better person in some peoples eyes, but he had a lot to be proud of before those people jumped on the bandwagon. Plus he’s a champion now and they can’t take that away.

  58. Hopefully Richard Sherman can learn a little bit from the way Peyton portrays himself to others….
    The kid is a masters candidate at Stanford with a 3.8 avg. He is an all-pro and a Super Bowl champ, I think he will be okay.

  59. To all those out there who say Peyon chokes, played an embarrassing game, is over-rated etc…
    You realize you’re diminishing your team’s performance against him when you say that, right? I don’t think there is a QB alive or dead who would’ve fared much better against that D last night.

    We’ve all seen Brady win SBs with last-minute drives, but we’ve also seen him play really bad in big time games as well (Baltimore in the AFCC last year is the most recent example). Brady didn’t choke, he got beat by a great defensive performance. Why is Manning ALWAYS held to a different standard?

  60. sandersmarcus wrote: “These fools keep looking more dumber every post.”

    Did you seriously just refer to others on here as “fools,” and then proceed to write “more dumber?”

  61. Over the years Manning’s haters have come up with plenty of different reason to bash him, some of which have merit.

    But to criticize the man for showing sportsmanship after what had to be a devastating loss is beyond ridiculous. Of course, the irony is that if Manning hadn’t congratulated the Seahawks, his haters would have bashed him for showing poor sportsmanship.

  62. Seattle won and left no doubts doing it. Vikes fans LOL that’s all there is to say. Seatownballers enjoy the moment instead of worrying about going back and forth over trivial junk.

    – World class hawk hater giving them their dues.

  63. harveyredman says: Feb 3, 2014 10:05 AM

    Really seems like Sherman grew up since his rant. Some guys need to hit rock bottom to change. Nice….
    ———-

    Or he was already grown, slipped up for 20 seconds, and you just realized he was this guy before?
    ______________________________

    Agreed. I’m actually speaking to the masses. I watched him play in Palo Alto (down the road from my house). Love him, Luck, and Harbaugh…

    Just too bad America’s first contact was an emotional outburst – albeit without a lick of profanity or any bad grammar 🙂 Man doesn’t use double negatives and can conjugate a sentence! lol

  64. Oh and Brady would not have won. In fact Seahawks as well as Niners, Panthers, Saints, and probably even the Packers would have won this game regardless who repped the AFC.

  65. dcviking says:
    Feb 3, 2014 11:17 AM
    Apparently, I should be even more impressed that this team was able to go 6-2 on the road playing with only 11 men.

    How much does the 12th man count against the salary cap?

    Are all fans who make up the 12th man required to report to training camp or not?

    Is this 12th man under contract or are they available in free agency?

    Again, congratulations Seattle your TEAM was the best in the NFL.
    *************************************

    Shut up, dcviking. You “sound” like an ass and I don’t want it stinking up the rest of the great Vikings fan base.

    Seattle kicked butt, plain and simple. If the Vikings were to be fortunate enough to win a SB, I’d say, “We won!!!” So please, again, just shut yer pie hole.

  66. that’s the difference between Manning & Brady.. Brady is a ruthless assassin who hates his opponents.. it kills him to lose.. Manning just shrugs it off & has a Bud Light

    ————————————————-

    That’s why you often hear a guy like Sherman (“U Mad Bro?”) coming after Brady. Tom has on more than one occasion, gotten in a defensive player’s face or trash-talked the opposition while on the field. That’s just his competitive nature. Manning, for better or worse, is just a guy playing his position (typically very well). There’s no real fire there. The opposition is only threatened from a skill standpoint, that’s why he gets a lot of praise.

  67. Peyton was just being Peyton, a MATURE person. Sherman was an IMMATURE person (he’s 25) with his previous rants. But he’s a smart kid, and will become more and more mature after this.

  68. seatownballers says:
    Feb 3, 2014 10:41 AM
    2difshoe says:Feb 3, 2014 10:34 AM

    seatownballers says:
    Feb 3, 2014 10:17 AM

    Manning is a first ballot hof.
    But defense wins championships.
    I told you we’d win.
    Thanx for the hate
    It only motivates us

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    more like “it motivates you” to be classless in victory.

    I only respond to hate mail,
    I’ll party all day in Vegas. Your team won’t. Hate me all day. My team backs it up, giving me the right to talk.
    Have a good day

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    First Superbowl win and first beer I see !

    Looks good on you.

    Bear fan

  69. Peyton is a nice enough guy – but its fun to see Elway get some karma for his disingenuous treatment of that gator QB. And now they are saying they lost because of defense. I thought defense was why the Gator QB had his win streak. You can talk about gator QB’s mechanics, but if you are going to play dink and duck football at least use a mobile guy who doesn’t have a noodle arm.

  70. Losing Ryan Clady, the Broncos Pro Bowl LT, before the season just killed them when they needed him most– against a dominating defense like the Seahawks. Avril, Bennett, their run stuffing nose tackles and LBs all played lights out and absolutely killed the Broncos offensive line.

  71. Peyton really should ride off into the sunset. He has nothing else to prove, and Denver’s roster is only going to be downgraded in the next few years. Really, they missed their chance to win last year, which would have still been doubtful since they would have been playing an equally physical team as Seattle in San Francisco. They just don’t have the horses and are about to lose some of the few they have.

  72. Class….

    Sherman seemed shocked at how normal people act.

    Sportsmanship…..

    If you saw, after every play, the extra push over the pile.

    And can we get some “flop” fouls called. Hawks up by 30 and after another score, the kickoff has another Hawk player nearly throwing them self to the turf after initiating contact after the play.

    just saying…

  73. Kudos to Sherman for this, the mark of a man is in the face of adversity and dissapointment to seek out your opponent and congratulate him on the biggest stage, makes the Manning haters hate him some more. Keep hating, and drinking that hatorade.

  74. I’d respect Sherman more if he’d go to the next Players’ Association meeting and stand up and tell everyone in attendance he learned something from what he did after the win over the Niners, and that they should all stop acting like immature punks and show the same humility and class that Manning did.
    But there’s no chance of that happening and even less of a chance they would if he did.
    All you have to know about the NFL is the bigger your mouth, the greater the chances of landing a gig on tv when your career is over. Even if you were just an average player (see Jamie Dukes).
    Congrats to the Seahawks. They dominated the Broncos in every facet of the game. Now they will have to deal with getting their roster and coaching staff raided by other teams and having to hand out big bucks to their players to keep them. That is what makes it so hard to sustain having a top team.

  75. Peyton last year made time to have his son meet with Ray Lewis, since Ray was retiring.

    That is why I am a Manning fan, and despite teams like the Patriots who show no respect and put up a Ray Lewis countdown clock.

    Patriots…How did that Ray Lewis countdown clock work for you? Ooops..

    Brady and Belichek talk there way into self-righteousness, Petyon lives it. Long live Peyton Manning!

  76. OK time to let the Sherman “HATE” go, well unless you are a 49ers Fan which most of Sherman haters are, they are so bitter right now. It must suck to have to watch the guy you “HATE”…WIN!

  77. Remember Denver going against MY Jaguars and what a record braking game it would be. Peyton said there are still 11 players on the other side of the line trying to win the game. Classy. And to think about that game, it was the closest to beating Manning got until SB. 2 fumbles, pick 6, QB hits, 28 – 42, 295 Y. They don’t call Jaguars Seatlle light for nothing…

  78. Crabtree is a complete A-hole, he tried to get into an argument with Sherman at a charity event before the 2013 season started. Sherman said he wouldn’t argue with him at a charity event and they would settle it on the field… Sherman did and wanted everyone to know it, i loved it!!! (Ps i’m a 15 year detroit lions season ticketholder)

  79. he is too robotic for me. I am sorry, I don’t want the man crying or whatnot, but why doesn’t he ever seem to show emotion. I mean the only ANGER we even get out of him came when someone asked if he was embarrassed. he very much should be embarrassed.

    #1 offense that set countless records, Peyton set records that have been in place since stats were recorded. and they put up 8 points. EIGHT.

    to me, you aren’t getting a “great sport” label just because the persona you show to everyone else is this totally fake robot.

  80. No one in Seattle is upset or mad at Peyton. it’s the disrespect from all of the announcer’s that was peyton is this or that and the lowly Seahawks are nothing. Well they showed the nation who they are and the 12’s

  81. Most of the JO’s trashing Manning are frustrated Brady fans. Manning knows Seattle gave him a whipping and said it! Doesn’t change the fact he’s a good QB. Just means he got whipped last night!

  82. I would go out on a limb and even say SanFran, and Carolina would have beaten the Broncos yesterday if any of those defenses would have made it that far …They just looked unprepared all the way around, those 3 teams mirror eachother on offense, although none of them resemble a defense like Seattle’s but are still formidable to say the least.

    I’ve seen a lot of Broncos games and that team looked like their season was over after beating the Patriots

  83. Anyone saying this was Manning’s fault is an idiot.

    I could have been Brady or Rivers and the result would have been the same.

    Without Manning I’m not sure this is even a playoff team, certainly not a SB team.

    Due to salary cap, every team has to decide where to focus. Denver is focused on offense and will have difficulty winning playoff games because of it.

    Seattle, San Fran, AZ and a few others are focused on defense. Even when RW gets his I don’t see Seattle gutting the defense to surround him with top flight offensive talent. Nor should they.

  84. Its hard to fathom that people would say a QB who completed 34 of 49 passes had a “bad” game, but most of those completions didn’t travel more than 5 yards beyond the line of scrimmage and those two INTs were real killers. I think you have to give more credit to the Seattle defense than any other factor in the lopsided outcome of this game. Eagles fans only DREAM that their team would have a defense like that.

  85. It’s funny how people came on here two weeks and said anyone criticizing Sherman’s behavior after the NFC Title game were haters, or racists, or jealous, or whatever.

    Well guess who else apparently thought he was out of line? Richard Sherman. Has anyone seen him act like that since? Think that’s a coincidence?

    I don’t know if someone he respects spoke to him or if he simply watched himself on video and realized that he was going to far, but I have definitely seen a change, even in his “heat of the moment” comments right after the game last night.

  86. Well, he is right. He can learn something from Peyton. It would be refreshing if he learned to respect his team, other teams, and himself by acting like a gentleman. I hated what he did two weeks ago. Especially since I’m a Niner fan. What I will never do is give up hope for any young person who tries to do the right thing after stepping in it. I’m hoping he is changing. By the sound of his team mates however,they need to watch what they say. They could be considered the deffense of all time after a couple of years of consistency. The problem by telling everyone you are is it only motivates others to shut you up. Remember, the road next year is not gonna be any easier. The whole league is now focused on YOU. Each week every team has their date with you circled. You just played more games than anyone else. More physical games than anyone in the most physical division. It’s not gonna get easier folks.

  87. Wow! What a refreshing turnaround from the post-game interview from the conference championship game two weeks ago. Maybe… the example of Manning triggers a better response than Crabtree’s response?

    Good on Peyton Manning, good on Pete Carroll for his “intervention” and good on Richard Sherman for showing us a different view of his personality. And by the way, I was extremely disappointed that the Broncos didn’t win this one. Even in this devastating defeat, Peyton somehow manages to deepen my admiration for him.

  88. I am so sick of people saying “People don’t change overnight.” Richard Sherman’s ‘rant’ after the NFC title game was completely out of character for him.. Richard has proven over the last few years that he is super intelligent, thoughtful, and gracious.. The Skip Bayless interview is proof of this.. He interviews well, and his performance on the field speaks for itself.. He is the best CB in the league, and one of the best to ever have played the game.. His ‘rant’ was what was out of character.. This is why the NFL has a 10 minute cool down rule, which obviously wasn’t followed after the NFC title game.. When you put world-class athletes in adrenaline filled situations, rants become common place.. Now everyone is seeing Sherman how all of us in Seattle do.. The caring, competitive, gracious, and the best..

  89. Robotic? Geez! Could everyone stop being so darned critical. Why don’t you get out there and try to do what these guys are doing. The first tackle and you’d be dead. Why fault someone because they retain their composure? Or say the wrong thing? It’s their personality. What i don’t understand is why so many fans say they “hate” a certain player. Why hate any of them? I think the fans should be more sportsman like. How can they expect the players to be if they’re not. I am proud of Peyton Manning for standing up to the jerk reporter that asked him if the game was an embarrassment. He stuck up for his teammates referring to them as professionals who put it all on the line…or whatever he said. He probably felt like punching that idiot, but refrained. How dare that idiot say that to such an accomplished athlete, after such a painful loss. Shame on him whoever he was. Who was that…I want to send him some hate mail! 😉 Could we just show each other some respect…besides what Danny Trevathen said is so true…”it’s a game.”

  90. People don’t realize Richard Sherman was talking the way he was for promotion…nothing more. He has his superbowl ring now. When you get that ring and have the stats to prove you earned it, the contracts come. He’ll never be the way he was this season…he only had that one rant where he went off, but it was right after one of the best NFC Championships ever. Talking about a Gutsy performance by the Seahawks and Niners. But that’s what the NFL wanted. They probably told ERin Andrews to ‘run over there and get a good soundbyte from Sherman, we know he wants this.’ He’ll be easy next year.

  91. Great post. To many players today have lost the true meaning of sportsmanship and class. Athletes are on the biggest stages and have the responsibility of representing themselves, their team, and their cities.

    I’ve always like Manning. Awesome QB, and now I see he is a stand-up kind of guy.

  92. I totally agree with Sherman. After a playoff lost to the Ravens, he hung around and waited for Ray Lewis so he could speak to him. Most people would have tweeted or text. Not him. He waited for over an hour. Hall of Fame man on and off the field!

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