Richard Sherman defended the hit on Rob Gronkowski in the AFC Championship

"Would love to see some of these fans play the game."

Injured cornerback Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks on the sidelines in Dec. 2017.
Injured cornerback Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks on the sidelines in Dec. 2017. –Photo by Otto Greule Jr /Getty Images

In the second quarter of the AFC Championship Game, Rob Gronkowski suffered a helmet-to-helmet hit from Jaguars safety Barry Church. The collision forced the Patriots tight end into the concussion protocol, but one of the NFL’s premier defensive backs took to Twitter to offer some context.

Richard Sherman, a Patriots nemesis in previous years, said that Church’s hit on Gronkowski was “the only way”:

Gronkowski was eventually ruled out of the game:

In a previous Patriots-Seahawks matchup, Sherman’s teammate Earl Thomas made a legal impact hit on Gronkowski:

Sherman himself drew controversy earlier in the 2017 season when he hit Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota helmet-to-helmet.

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