Even before the former Stanford standout’s allotted hour began at Super Bowl media day, Seattle’s polarizing cornerback started answering questions from a podium set up in the middle of a hockey arena in downtown Newark.
“Whatever you got,” he said, egging on reporters to ask anything they wanted.
For sure, Sherman presented a much different side than the angry 20-second rant after the NFC Championship Game, which sparked a national debate over sportsmanship and racial attitudes.
He was charming, funny and didn’t raise his voice at all except to make sure he could be heard by the horde of media gathered around him.
He went out his way to praise his teammates. He had nothing but nice things to say about Sunday’s opponent, the Denver Broncos.
But it never came across as some sort of mea culpa, as though Sherman had been coached by public-relations people on the best way to shore up his image. No, this seemed to be a guy simply taking advantage of the opportunity to show there’s far more to him than what people saw after he tipped a pass to help clinch Seattle’s victory over San Francisco, then went off on 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree in a brief interview while still on the field.
“People think I’m a loudmouth, an angry guy,” Sherman said. “That’s a big misconception.”