The last time Peyton Manning lost a Super Bowl, he was criticized (unfairly) for leaving the field before shaking hands with the other team. This time, he's getting praised as a class act from an unlikely source.
Richard Sherman, who spent his time after the NFC championship game taking shots at San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree, was doing the exact opposite on Sunday, singing Peyton Manning's praises in the aftermath of his team's 43-8 blowout in Super Bowl XLVIII. The chatty Seahawks cornerback was on ESPN's Mike & Mike talking about how Manning found him after the game to ask about the injury Sherman suffered late in the game. (Quotes via PFT.)
"He was really concerned about my well-being. After a game like that, a guy who's still classy enough to say 'How are you doing?' To show that kind of concern for an opponent shows a lot of humility and class.|
"[...] He's a Hall of Fame player, he's a living legend, he's a record-holding quarterback, he's a Super Bowl champion, he's been a Super Bowl MVP."
On Sunday night, Sherman took to Twitter to deliver the same sort of pro-Manning messages, tweeting "Peyton is the Classiest person/player I have ever met! I could learn so much from him! Thank you for being a great Competitor and person" and "There is no reason to bash him on here please Seattle let's just enjoy this one!!!! He is still a Future HOF player."