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:
"Women lie, men lie, numbers don't lie" twitter.com/RSherman_25/st…— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) January 25, 2013
It took a few weeks, but Revis countered Sherman on Twitter Wednesday afternoon, offering the following (NFL brand of misogynistic) observation:
I never seen a man before run his mouth so much like girl. This dude just steady putting my name in his mouth to get notoriety @rsherman_25— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) February 20, 2013
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:
@revis24 don't need ya name... Ur name will be irrelevant once u step back on the field bruh.Get ya picks up!— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 20, 2013
— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) February 20, 2013
— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) February 20, 2013
@revis24 one season u will get 8 picks.... But it won't happen anytime soon... I did it in my 2nd season... So u have something to chase— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 20, 2013
Got off my flight to this hilarious convo. So I have 8 picks 3 ff and a sack.My season stats looking like Revis career stats— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 20, 2013
For the QB not throwing his way argument.In his 2nd year they were throwing his way.I still doubled his picks— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 20, 2013
That's like you saying your better then Deion Sanders & since he's not playing no more he's irrelevant for what he's done. @rsherman_25— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) February 20, 2013
@rsherman_25 child please, lol!!! Your still taking baby steps son. Don't get to a head of yourself.— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) February 20, 2013
With Sherman declining to engage Revis further (for the moment, anyway), Revis seized the opportunity to get in one final word (or... two...).
Hey everyone @rsherman_25 wants to be a lockdown corner. He wants to be in the talks of a lockdown corner. So follow him so he can become 1!— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) February 20, 2013
This dude just interrupted my NBA 2k game cause he has draSms to be a lockdown corner!!! HAHA #keepdreaming— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) February 20, 2013
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 TheFootballGirl.com. 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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