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‘Run the ball’: A frustrated Richard Sherman referenced Super Bowl XLIX after Broncos’ loss

Sherman, now an analyst, advised Russell Wilson to "learn from your mistakes."

Richard Sherman
Richard Sherman during a Thursday night football matchup between the Browns and Steelers earlier in the 2022 season. AP Photo/David Richard

Tonight, the Celtics are in North Carolina to play the Hornets in a preseason game at 7:30 p.m.

Elsewhere, the Major League Baseball playoffs begin on Friday with the wild-card round.

On Saturday, Boston College football hosts No. 5 ranked Clemson at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, the Patriots face the Lions (1 p.m.) at Gillette Stadium, and the Revolution will play the Chicago Fire in the team’s season finale at 2:30 p.m.

Richard Sherman’s Super Bowl XLIX reference: On Thursday, the Broncos lost to the Colts in particularly excruciating fashion. The game went to overtime after a series of mistakes by Denver — and Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson specifically — gifted the Colts a final chance to tie the game (which Indianapolis took advantage of).


After the Colts kicked a field goal on the first possession in overtime, the Broncos had an opportunity to respond. Wilson led Denver down into the red zone, but the drive stalled at the five-yard line.

Facing a 4th-and-one, the Broncos decided to go for it instead of kicking the tying field goal. Wilson attempted a pass play from a shotgun formation, but former Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (now a member of the Colts) broke up the intended throw into the end zone for wide receiver Courtland Sutton.

After the game, former cornerback Richard Sherman was among the analysts discussing their thoughts on Amazon Prime’s broadcast.

Inevitably, Sherman brought up a point in both his (and Wilson’s) past: Super Bowl XLIX, in which the Seahawks lost to the Patriots 28-24.

“On the final play, you have to run the ball, again,” Sherman began. “I wish I had Marshawn up here.”

Sherman mentioning his former Seahawks teammate, Marshawn Lynch, was a reference to the memorable sequence at the end of the Super Bowl in 2015 when Seattle elected to pass at the goal line instead of running. Wilson, then the Seahawks quarterback, threw a Super Bowl-losing interception to Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler.


“Like, one yard. You need one yard. Run the ball. Run the ball!” Sherman erupted. “All he has to do is run the football. Necessary criticism. I’ve said enough criticism for him, but got dang it, run the dang ball! Like, learn from your mistakes.”

After the game, Sherman tweeted his famous reaction to Butler’s interception as a nod to his current thoughts on Wilson and the Broncos’ mistake.

Trivia: Cornerback Richard Sherman was a fifth-round pick by the Seahawks in the 2011 NFL Draft. Can you name the first cornerback selected in that year’s draft?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: Selected fifth overall, he plays for the Vikings in 2022 (which is not the team that originally drafted him).

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