Winston Churchill said, "History is written by the victors."
But in the NFL's case, the winners get to talk about history. On camera. And as it turns out, Richard Sherman has just a few more thoughts about his Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, specifically their defeat of the archrival San Francisco 49ers in last season's NFC Championship Game.
During his interview for America's Game: 2013 Seattle Seahawks, the all-pro cornerback expressed further incredulity — topped with a helping of swagger — that Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick tested him on the game's pivotal play with 30 seconds remaining. Sherman deflected what would have been the game-winning touchdown pass Kaepernick targeted at receiver Michael Crabtree into the hands of Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith for a game-sealing interception.
"(Kaepernick) thought that was gonna be a touchdown, too," Sherman said with a smirk. "That would have been his third touchdown in three years against the Seattle Seahawks. So that would have been a feat.
"But it was his seventh interception against the Seattle Seahawks. And once again, at the end of the game — trying to throw a fade to Crabtree — it's like, two years in a row, your season ends the same way. You would think he would learn."
The final part of the quote was Sherman adding a dig at the 49ers' failed comeback bid against the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII following the 2012 season.
So safe to say this NFC West blood feud is alive and well — though it won't resume until Thanksgiving — and it provides some of the choicest material in the latest chapter of NFL Films' America's Game, which premieres Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NFL Network.
The newest edition of the Emmy Award-winning series chronicles the 2013 Seahawks from the perspectives of Sherman, quarterback Russell Wilson and coach Pete Carroll while being narrated by actor Jim Caviezel, a native of Washington state. (Apparently Marshawn Lynch was not available.)
But not surprisingly, Sherman steals the show by providing the most memorable and candid insights while characterizing himself as the "main culprit" foes wanted to shut up.
How about that 41-20 blowout of the Minnesota Vikings last November, Richard?
"I was bored in that game. When you don't get the ball thrown at you very often, you get bored," said Sherman, who needled Vikings receivers the entire day with his non-stop barbs. "That was basically a waste of my time. I would have been better suited sitting at home on my couch."
What about the Seahawks' ability to rise to every occasion last year?
"We've got a lot of great players who understand moments. If we were a basketball team," opined Sherman, "we'd probably have five guys willing to take the game-winning shot."
Seattle hit plenty of game-winners in 2013, and Wilson and Carroll offer more perspective on the team's DNA and philosophies.
But leave it to Sherman, who idolized Muhammad Ali for obvious reasons, to serve up one last gem: "Some people are humble, and humble people lose a lot of times."
Not his Seahawks.
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