Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is the “best quarterback in the world” and that to be the best the Seahawks have to beat the best.
He said he and the Seahawks “respect the heck out of Peyton Manning” and praised how “once he finds a crack in the armor” in a team’s defense he can ruthlessly exploit it like no other.
“You wouldn’t want to have it any other way,” Sherman said. “You want the best of the best.”
Otherwise, Sherman said, “You don’t feel like you’re getting the biggest challenge of your life.”
“If you lose, you understand you lost to the best quarterback in the world, and you can accept that,” Sherman said. “If you win, you understand you were playing against the best quarterback in the world, and it feels that much sweeter.”
Sherman joked that it is impossible to break Manning’s “Omaha” code, which Sherman said is tougher to do because the game film that the team studies does not have sound.
Sherman has written that he thinks Peyton Manning is the smartest quarterback in the NFL and said Manning was like an offensive coordinator on the field. And just like Ray Lewis was referred to as being the Peyton Manning of linebackers (the two had numerous tactical battles on the field), Sherman has also been heralded for his football acumen, which makes the Super Bowl between the league’s No. 1 offense (Denver) and No. 1 defense (Seattle) even more compelling because of the back and forth battle that will ensue between Manning and Sherman on the field.
“If you wanna be the best, you gotta beat the best,” Sherman said of Manning.