Seattle secondary pits their legacy against Manning

Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:04pm EST
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By Larry Fine

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (Reuters) - Outspoken Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said on Tuesday that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was not the only one playing for his legacy in Sunday's Super Bowl.

"The Legion of Boom (LOB) is a legacy," Sherman said using the nickname for Seattle's vaunted defensive secondary that will match skills with Manning and his top-flight crew of receivers.

"It's a legacy, it's a group, it's a legion, it's a vast army of individuals and we have countless bodies behind us that are more than capable of doing the job," the voluble Sherman added about the defenders who have helped Seattle rank first in shutting down the pass game and limiting points.

Sherman said he and his LOB mates understood the challenge that awaits them at MetLife Stadium in the first outdoor Super Bowl played in a winter setting.

"Peyton Manning's numbers speak for themselves. I think he's one of the best in the history of the game, and I think he's broken multiple records to prove that," he said. "He's a living legend right now. He's been a living legend for years."

Sherman said the proud, physical Seahawks defense needed to maintain their cool.

"Being patient," Sherman said about the challenge they faced going against Manning. "Understanding that he's going to get his yards and he's going to make his plays.

"If you pull your hair out over every pass he completes and over every yard that he makes, then you'd have a long day ahead of you."   Continued...

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman takes some pictures as he arrives for Media Day for Super Bowl XLVIII at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton