The game between San Francisco & Seattle was a great game for football fans. Both teams battled leaving it all on the field. The winning play was made with San Francisco throwing the ball into the end zone on 4th down and virtually no time left. The pass was knocked down by Seattle's defensive back Richard Sherman on a truly spectacular play, which would ensure victory and a trip for the Seahawks to the Super Bowl.
That clip probably made millions of instant Denver fans who will be rooting for Sherman and the Seahawks to lose.
After time expired there were players and members of the media all over the field as the Seahawks & home team fans celebrated victory and a trip to the Super Bowl. Fox Sports sideline reporter Erin Andrews found the game's hero Sherman for a post game interview. If you haven't seen it, you should watch the brief clip below.
That clip probably made millions of instant Denver fans who will be rooting for Sherman and the Seahawks to lose. But, what's not getting talked about are something that many NFL players do after every game whether they win or lose. Players from both teams meet in the middle of the field, bow their heads and pray together. That positive kind of behavior does not get TV time like egotism does. I did see many players from both teams do this after this big game including Russell Wilson, the star quarterback from Seattle.
Class and Character
Contrast Sherman's time in the spot light with this interview of a group of players from the Seahawks team. There's simply no comparison in the character of players who congratulate their opponents and wish them luck out of love of the game and respect to those who show contempt and disrespect, regardless of your religious beliefs.
I did not know who Sherman was prior to that game. Maybe he just had a bad moment and lost his cool? Maybe there's some history we don't know about between him and the San Francisco receiver Crabtree? It doesn't matter. He came off as an arrogant thug, which is how many people will think of him for a long time. Rather than being overcome with joy, he launched into a verbal attack of his defeated foe. I mean c'mon...he's going to the Super Bowl. Shouldn't he be happy?
Sherman's reputation will be forever tainted by that one moment. A good reputation takes a lifetime to build, but only takes seconds to destroy. And it was simply because he failed to control his emotions. While he controlled his effort and focus on the game, his emotions demonstrated a cancerous attitude and poor sportsmanship. It was all about him, not about his team.
The question to ask yourself is, "Can you control your emotions?"