Seahawks’ Richard Sherman surprised by public reaction to comments 

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Richard Sherman wondered if he came to the NFL 20 years too late.

The Seattle Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback wondered if his swagger might have fit better a few decades earlier when that confidence and an unfiltered tongue was perhaps more accepted.

“I studied the old-school game more than I studied the new-school game, and I play it that way. It rubs a lot of people the wrong way,” Sherman said Wednesday. “Giving a true speech after a game, a true passionate speech is old-school football. Playing press corner and sitting up there every play is old-school football. I guess maybe I just haven’t adjusted to the times.”

Sherman spoke at length for the first time since Sunday’s NFC Championship Game win over the 49ers where his postgame comments to Fox reporter Erin Andrews became the talking point. It was a loud, emotional moment that happened just a few minutes after the Seahawks earned the second Super Bowl berth in franchise history.

Sherman was at the center of the decisive play, deflecting a pass intended for Michael Crabtree in the end zone and watching teammate Malcolm Smith run over to intercept it to clinch the victory. Sherman’s ensuing remarks were directed mostly at Crabtree, but his intense, shouting delivery is what took people aback.

Sherman said the reaction that followed over the next two days left him a little stunned as well.

“I was surprised by it. Because we’re talking about football here and a lot of people took it a little bit further than football.” Sherman said.

Sherman apologized for taking away the spotlight from the performances by some of his teammates. What seemed to bother Sherman the most in the fallout was hearing the word “thug” attached to his name.

“The only reason it bothers me is it seems like it’s an accepted way of calling someone the N-word nowadays,” Sherman said.

Sherman then referenced seeing highlights of the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames playing on Saturday when a fight broke out two seconds into the game.

“They didn’t even play hockey. They just threw their sticks aside and started fighting,” he said. “I saw that and said, ‘Oh, man, I’m the thug? What’s going on here. Geez.’ I’m really disappointed in being called a thug.”

Super Bowl

Seahawks vs. Broncos

WHEN: Feb. 2, 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

TV: Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)

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