Over the past decade, Richard Sherman has been a great rival for the Green Bay Packers.
And we’re set for another chapter. Sherman announced on his podcast that he is signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers are the Super Bowl champions and have a great roster. Signing Sherman shows they are once again going all-in for a championship. It means Sherman will be playing for one of the Packers’ biggest rivals, and not for the first time.
Back in 2014, he played against the Packers twice for the Seattle Seahawks, both in the NFL season opener and again in the NFC Championship Game. He made an early interception in the NFC title game.
Sherman won plenty of battles against the Packers early on, and at times Aaron Rodgers simply wouldn’t throw in his direction. With Seattle, Sherman played in six games against Green Bay. Both teams won three each.
Throughout that time, we saw some great battles between a high-flying Packers offense led by MVP Rodgers, and an All-Pro cornerback leading the way for dominant Seahawks defenses.
Under Matt LaFleur, the Packers quickly bounced back into contention in the NFC. Awaiting them in the NFC Championship Game was the San Francisco 49ers, who Sherman now played for.
In 2019, Sherman showed he was still one of the top cornerbacks in the game, being named a second-team All-Pro and Pro Bowler. Once again, Sherman played well in the NFC title game and helped a San Francisco defense shut down Green Bay’s offense, intercepting Rodgers to seal the win late on.
In his three games for San Francisco against Green Bay, Sherman won two out of three.
Fast forward to 2021.
The Packers are again one of the NFC’s top teams. To reach the Super Bowl, they might need to dethrone the defending-champion Buccaneers, who eliminated Green Bay in the NFC title game last January.
The two teams don’t meet in the regular season this year, but a rematch in the playoffs almost feels inevitable. And that would mean there’s another chapter in the Packers’ long rivalry with Sherman.