The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers have long been bitter rivals. And 49ers fans are also not fans of the Seahawks’ outspoken cornerback Richard Sherman.
But as former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick continues to seek out NFL employment, Sherman has actually come to Kaepernick’s defense.
In an interview with USA Today’s Jarrett Bell, Sherman listed five NFL quarterbacks who are worse than Kaepernick.
“Now if you told me this guy threw eight pick-sixes last year and played like a bum, had no talent, that’s one thing,” Sherman told Bell. “But Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett or whoever is playing for the Jets right now – whoever is starting for the Jets is terrible – have jobs. You’re telling me fans would rather you lose and put a worse player out there because a guy took a stand? That’s where it’s so troublesome to me.”
Sherman also cited Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles and Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff as NFL starters who aren’t as good as Kaepernick, according to USA Today.
Sherman went further when explaining why he thinks Kaepernick does not have a contract with an NFL team yet.
“What is it about?” Sherman told USA Today. “It’s not about football or color. It’s about, ‘Boy, stay in your place.’
“He played in Chip (Kelly)’s system last year and went 16-4 (TD-to-INT ratio) on a bad team,” Sherman added. “He played well because he’s a good football player. He may not be the best, but he’s better than a lot of these dudes starting.”
Back in the 2014 NFC Championship game, Sherman batted away a Kaepernick pass to ensure victory. Immediately afterward he flashed a choke sign to Kaepernick, and went on a rant that went viral.
Kaepernick wasn’t a fan of his comments.
“I think everyone knows his comments were ridiculous,” Kaepernick told Jayson Jenks of the Seattle Times. “As my dad has always told me, if you have to tell people how good you are, then how good are you, really? If you have to go on national TV and try to say you’re the best cornerback in the league, then you’ve got your own insecurities.”