SEATTLE — The loudest, brashest member of the Legion of Boom strode across the CenturyLink Field turf Sunday afternoon and came face-to-face with a rookie quarterback with a limp in his gait, and Richard Sherman’s eyes got wide with excitement.
Here was Deshaun Watson, whose steely play had helped steady the Houston Texans after a long, surreal weekend’s worth of strife and soul-searching — and this was Sherman’s chance to deliver a message. As the two players walked side by side during the changeover between the third and fourth quarters of Sunday’s spirited clash between the Texans and Seattle Seahawks, the veteran cornerback offered his young opponent some incongruous words of encouragement.
“He was limping because he had hurt his ankle, but you could see the poise and the fight in the kid,” Sherman recalled more than an hour after clinching the Seahawks’ 41-38 victory with his second interception of the game. “I told him, ‘Just keep fighting, man. You’re a great player. And I respect your fight. I respect your grind. I respect how prepared you were.’
“He said, ‘Yeah, I appreciate it, man. I look up to you.’ It was a cool moment. And it was a special game.”