Despite the fact that it's the year 2020, Richard Sherman still feels disrespected.
Sherman's biggest gloat fest came after he was named second-team All-Pro, triggering the final escalator in his contract. He took to Twitter to troll those who previously had criticized him for negotiating his own contract. That move was something Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who will face Sherman and the 49ers Sunday in the NFC Championship Game, got a chuckle out of.
"He bet on himself with his contract," Rodgers said of Sherman on Wednesday. "I saw that he hit some of his escalators and stuff. I just think it's kind of funny when it all comes back around with some of those tweets that he was rehashing. He's a talented player. In my opinion, he never lost it [after the Achilles injury]. There was never a time where you were thinking, 'Oh, I'm going to go after this guy.'
"I always think you have to be smart about what routes you want to throw on him, understand that he's one of the headiest players to ever play that position. You've got to be smart about the types of routes you like on that side of the field."
Sherman had a brilliant season for the 49ers. Fully recovered from rupturing his Achilles, Sherman allowed just one touchdown in coverage and allowed quarterbacks to complete just one pass per every 19 coverage snaps.
His personality has been just as vital to the 49ers' success as his play, with a number of young players following the lead set by "Uncle Sherm."
Rodgers knows all too well how Dangerous Sherman is. In his career, Rodgers has completed 11 of 17 passes for only 107 yards and an interception when throwing at Sherman. He has a passer rating of 57.7 on those throws.
The Packers star will have to pick his spots or just look to attack the other side of the field Sunday in the NFC Championship Game at Levi's Stadium, as throwing at Sherman sometimes has dire consequences.
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Why Aaron Rodgers found humor in Richard Sherman's contract victory lap originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area