SEATTLE — U mad bro?
They’re three little words that thrust Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman into the national spotlight a few years ago, and they’re words he’s still answering questions about today, especially with Super Bowl XLIX upon us.
It all goes back to October 14, 2012.
The Seahawks were squaring off against the Patriots at CenturyLink Field. Seattle trailed 23-10 heading to the fourth quarter thanks to two touchdown passes by New England’s star quarterback Tom Brady.
"I think people somehow get a skewed view of Tom Brady," said Sherman. "That he’s just clean cut, does everything right, and never says a bad word to anyone. We know him to be otherwise.
"He was just pretty much saying we were nobodies and we should come up to him after they got the win."
It didn’t go like Brady expected. Seattle rallied late thanks in part to an interception by Sherman. The Seahawks put up 14 points in the final 7 minutes, scoring the game-winning touchdown with just 1:18 left.
That was enough time for Brady to lead a comeback, but Seattle’s defense shut him down, forcing a turnover on downs in New England’s final possession. The Seahawks beat the Patriots 24-23.
After the game, Sherman tweeted a picture of him in Brady’s face with the caption ‘U Mad Bro?’ added to the image. The tweet read: "He told me and Earl to see him after the game when they win…I found him after."
The tweet made national headlines.
"In that moment of him being himself," Sherman said, "he said some things and we returned the favor."
Sherman and Brady get another crack at each other in Super Bowl XLIX on February 1st, but don’t expect any tweeting after the game.
At the end of the night, one will be a world champion and the other will not.
That should do all the talking for them.