Ronde Talks About His Greatness And Sherman’sJanuary 31st, 2014
One thing amazing about this year’s Super Bowl is how loudmouth Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman has thieved the spotlight from Peyton Manning.
Endless Manning blubbering would have bored Joe thoroughly. Sherman loves to pound his chest and proclaim himself the greatest. Bucs icon Ronde Barber weighed in on that yesterday during the national Jim Rome Show.
Jim Rome: [Richard Sherman] would have you believe he is the best in the game right now on the corner. Is he, in your opinion?
Ronde Barber: The best way I can answer this is that every great corner that I know, at some point, thinks they’re the best in the game. I know I thought I was the best in the game at one point, 2001, 2002. Nobody was doing what I was doing better than what I was doing. And I think [Sherman] feels that way right now. I honestly can’t discount him.
There’s a lot of guys that we’ve anointed to be great players at the position, best player at the position, that don’t back it up with stats or anything. This guy makes play after play after play. He has 20 interceptions in three years. I don’t think he’s given up a completion all postseason. How can you argue it?
Obviously, there’s guys who say, ‘If you don’t play bump and run, if you don’t follow the other team’s best receiver, how can you be the best?’ Ehh. He’s playing how they ask him to play and nobody’s doing it better. To me, that’s the definition of the best. So whatever.
That was cool to hear Barber talking passionately about how he felt he was once on top of the NFL. Listening to that entire interview it felt like Barber was making a chunk of his own case for the Hall of Fame. Two years as the greatest at your position, plus a dozen or so years of strong play, should be good enough to be immortalized in Canton.