I hated Deion when he left us for the Cowboys, but not NEAR as badly as I hate Sherman. I hated the Cowboys just about equally as I hate Seattle now so the teams they are on isn't how much I hate the individual. I know the original post was more about the Atlanta version of Deion, but for fairness I am going to compare the Cowboys version of him. Atlanta was not a true rival, but Dallas was at that point like Seattle is now.
Deion was very arrogant, but there is going to be a natural arrogance with literally being the best pure athlete in the world at a given time and knowing that you are. It was easier to understand. More importantly, Deion seemed to grasp that although he was the best cover corner ever, he was just an athlete that was blessed with tremendous abilities. His celebrations were fun, and not direct attacks at his opponents. He played to excite, entertain, and win. I hated him, but it was mostly because he was so good and I wanted him to stay with us.
Sherman is a different animal. He is nowhere near the athlete Deion was. He must hold and illegally contact receivers to be effective. The PED thing is not a big issue for me, the cheating on the field in plain view with the refs turning a blind eye is definitely frustrating, and part of the reason I didn't like him from the start. But hey, if the refs are going to call it then he might as well do it. The real problem I have with Sherman is that is he runs on pure hate and cannot turn that off after the game. The incident with Trent Williams showed a lack of class that is rare even among knucklehead football players. Once they have won the game, even the biggest scumbags are so ecstatic they've won that they manage to get off the field without incident. Sherman feels the need to continue to run his mouth to opponents who are already mentally beaten down. Seemingly everyone gets that the trash talk stops when the game ends, but not Sherman. Kicking someone who is down is something he's done several times in his career. His overly aggressive and personal attack on Skip Bayless was way "over the line" that only the most classless people in the world know not to cross. Sure, Bayless is a douche, but in no way does that excuse "I'm better than you in life" type of personal attacks. I do not care for Tom Brady either, but the "U mad bro?" was absolutely classless. Yes, he's mad, he lost, so stop rubbing salt in the wound needlessly. Sherman routinely brings a machine gun to fist fights, and despite his charity work the level of disdain he has for anyone with a different perspective than him is simply unforgivable. A Stanford educated thug is more disgusting than a thug who grew up in the streets where this type of behavior is par for the course.
In short, Deion knew he was just a football player that was having fun playing and entertaining the fans. He understood that as great as he was, he was just an athlete and treated other people with a reasonable level of respect, especially after the game. Sherman thinks he is a better human being
than the rest of us, and that because he is bright and talented, he is allowed to humiliate any opposition to his extremely high opinion of himself. He treats people poorly when it does not benefit him, and wants to bring others down without reason - a character trait of psychopaths. I know there are some very positive things he does as well, but he undoes most or all of the good with uninspired, unwarranted belligerence. Personally, I hate him like I've hated no other athlete ever.
[ Edited by bpg4980 on Nov 7, 2013 at 10:37 AM ]