Richard Sherman,Tyrann Mathieu exchange pleasantries on Twitter
Tyrann Mathieu had nothing but praise for Richard Sherman as their respective teams continue preparations for Super Bowl LIV, and his kind words inspired the two defensive backs to engage in a mutual admiration society afterward on Twitter.
The Kansas City Chiefs safety spent the first five years of his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals, so Mathieu had numerous opportunities to witness Sherman’s greatness up close when he was a member of Seattle Seahawks’ legendary “Legion of Boom” defense.
Addressing his impressions of Sherman culled from his seasons in the NFC West, Mathieu noted how the San Francisco 49ers corner is a “clear-cut leader” who he has “always admired from afar.”
“I’ve always tried to emulate, you know, his leadership, his thinking ability when he’s on the football field,” Mathieu said of Sherman during Super Bowl Opening Night in Miami on Monday, per Josh Schrock of NBC Sports Bay Area. “He’s probably one of the most aware cornerbacks that I’ve ever seen play the game and I think San Francisco got lucky when they got Sherman.”
Upon learning of Mathieu’s high praise, Sherman expressed his gratitude in a tweet that highlighted the Chiefs safety’s comments.
Respect brother https://t.co/xdB8YWVoQ0— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) January 28, 2020
Sherman’s tweet then elicited a response from Mathieu…
Love ya game & mindset. You know that !— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) January 28, 2020
… which led to Sherman continuing the social media-based exchanging of pleasantries.
Love yours too brother! Been a fan of your game since college and you have continued to evolve.— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) January 28, 2020
There is obviously no discernible reason to suspect that Mathieu’s stated admiration for Sherman is anything but sincere, especially in light of how the two subsequently tweeted back and forth at one another.
Having said that, it would be understandable had Mathieu been solely inspired to praise the fellow defensive back to simply avoid raising Sherman’s ire.
After all, the fiery 49ers cornerback is known for taking slights, perceived or otherwise, quite personally. Just ask Darrelle Revis about how starting a feud with Sherman works out.