An All-State cornerback called Richard Sherman's antics after the NFC Championship "amateurish" -- Getty Image …
First, Richard Sherman spoke. Loudly. Then everyone else weighed in. Just as loudly. And then the Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback responded. Loud and clear. Now, a prep defensive back from the host city of Super Bowl XLVIII would like to add his two cents.
Abraham Lincoln High's Khendell Puryear, an All-State quarterback on the Railsplitters' New York City championship team this past fall, told the New York Daily News he believes Sherman's post-NFC Championship rip job of Michael Crabtree on FOX was "amateurish."
“That was someone that was never in a big position before acting like that,” Puryear told the Daily News. “When you make a big play like he did, you have to act like you’ve done it before, like that’s not a big deal. He should have acted like he’s been there before.
"As a cornerback, we’ve been taught to let the last play go and that usually refers to us making a bad play. But it’s also after we make a good play. You need to let it go and move on. It’s not even the biggest game and he’s acting like that. It’s not even the Super Bowl yet. Hopefully he can walk the walk for the Super Bowl.”
Puryear would reportedly even like to play the role of Erin Andrews, requesting a sit-down with the former Stanford star at the Coney Island alma mater of Stephon Marbury so the 5-foot-8, 150-pound senior's Lincoln teammates can explain proper football etiquette.
“He just made a big mistake,” Puryear added. “Peyton is going to want to beat him now to make a point. I wouldn’t have done that if I was him.”
Peyton Manning probably wanted to win the Super Bowl anyhow, but Puryear knows a thing or two about championship motivation. The Railsplitters finished 13-0 this past season, culminating in a second Public Schools Athletic League title in three seasons.
P.S. Puryear reportedly didn't watch the Sherman interview live because he was attending a senior class trip that weekend. Even if the powers that be must plan a senior class trip in the Northeast during the month of January, shouldn't they at least wait until the weekend between conference championship games and the Super Bowl?
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