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Richard Sherman says Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas is a top-five NFL receiver

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Everyone knows Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman does not like San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree.

Sherman recently expressed his disdain for Crabtree during an interview heard around the world. He labeled Crabtree as a mediocre receiver. His method of delivery was criticized and analyzed for several days after the NFC championship game.

When it comes to Denver's Demaryius Thomas, Sherman has nothing but respect for the receiver he will line up against during Super Bowl XLVIII.

“I definitely think he’s in the top five,” Sherman said. “He’s put together a heck of a year and done everything in his power to put himself in that conversation. He’s made the big catches. He’s made a lot of runs after the catch and turned small plays into huge plays. I think that he’s a great receiver, and he’s a great competitor. It’s going to be a fun matchup between both of us, because we’re both intense competitors and good friends.”

Thomas led Denver’s high-powered offense with 92 receptions, 1,430 yards and 14 touchdowns during the regular season. Denver set a single-season record with 606 points, while quarterback Peyton Manning set single-season records for touchdowns (55) and passing yards (5,477). We know Sherman does not fear anyone on the football field, but it appears he does respect Denver.

Sherman was asked about his recent outburst after the NFC championship game, something that will likely occur throughout Super Bowl week, and the cornerback said he is still growing as a person.

“You’re constantly figuring out how the world works, how you can affect the world and how your words affect kids," Sherman said. "I really want to affect kids and influence and inspire kids to really reach their full potential and live their life goals and go out there and make the world a better place, so if I can do that on this stage, it’s a great blessing."


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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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