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Richard Sherman vs. Darrelle Revis: It's A Cornerback Duel!

By: Kim O'Hara | Posted: February 20, 2013

In the green corner, we have New York Jets starting cornerback Darrelle Revis, a four-time Pro Bowler, three-time All Pro defensive back and the 2009 AFC Defensive Player of the Year. In the blue corner, we have Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, an All Pro defensive back and Pro Bowl alternate in 2012, his second NFL season. Sherman had a breakout year, and his exceptional on-field play was outdone only by his larger-than-life off-field antics (U mad bro, anyone?). After posting eight interceptions, 24 passes defensed and three forced fumbles in 2012, Sherman has made it his offseason mission to be recognized as the NFL's greatest cornerback. Standing in his way? Revis, who spent the majority of this past season recovering from a torn ACL, but who has been widely considered the greatest shutdown corner in his five full seasons with the Jets. 

Sherman set out to rectify this perceived misconception late in January, posting an image to Twitter that compared the two's career statistics:

It took a few weeks, but Revis countered Sherman on Twitter Wednesday afternoon, offering the following (NFL brand of misogynistic) observation:

Since that message was posted, the two were off to the races, hurling one insult (some football-related, some number-of-followers-related) after another:

With Sherman declining to engage Revis further (for the moment, anyway), Revis seized the opportunity to get in one final word (or... two...). 

I'm frankly baffled as to what the fuss is all about. At 6'3 to Revis' 5'11, Sherman is a much more physical back who can use his size and strength to outmaneuver receivers. Lacking natural height, Revis has always used speed and football smarts to outwit his opponents. The two play the same position, but I've never thought their styles to be terribly comparable in an apples-to-apples sense. Can't they both just be extremely talented, effective defensive backs? Maybe, unlike Revis' generalization of females running their mouths, my girliness manifests in a desire for all of us to just get along.

As of 5:45pm on the East coast, there appears to be a ceasefire, however temporary. To keep up-to-date on this riveting war of wills between these two talented cornerbacks, follow both Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman on Twitter. 


Kim O'Hara is the Associate Editor of She is an avid fan of sports in general, but the NFL in particular. She has also been a contributor to ESPN the Magazine. Follow her on Twitter: @KimOHaraTFG    

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