Famed loudmouth Richard Sherman took a break from belittling his offensive opponents on Tuesday to give a heartfelt message to the troops.
"We appreciate all your hard work, your dedication and your sacrifice," the Seattle Seahawks cornerback said. "Thank you for everything you do for our country, and for us, and for fighting for our freedom. We appreciate it."
Sherman was among dozens of players from the Seahawks and Denver Broncos at a media day in New York Tuesday, leading up to Sunday's Super Bowl. Defense Department videographers posted Sherman's message, along with 19 other players' notes to the troops.
The Stanford alum's latest remarks come on the heels of a media firestorm following his Jan. 19 postgame interview with FOX Sports' Erin Andrews. Sherman had just successfully defended San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree to secure Seattle's 23-17 playoff win.
"I'm the best corner in the game," he shouted at the camera, speaking into a startled Andrews' mic. "When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that's the result you're going to get. Don't you ever talk about me."
Sherman apologized for his rant, and has since become the subject of innumerable articles defending his initial actions, and chiding the subsequent criticism, according to some, as racist.
Other players who offered messages to service members on Tuesday included the Seahawks' Russell Okung, Russell Wilson, Max Unger, Cliff Avril, Earl Thomas, Michael Robinson, Kam Chancellor, Doug Baldwin, Michael Bennett, Golden Tate, and the Broncos' Wes Welker, Paris Lenon, Terrance Knighton, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Wesley Woodyard, Champ Bailey, David Bruton, Julius Thomas and Demaryius Thomas.