Lincoln’s Khendell Puryear blasts Richard Sherman as “amateurish”

Khendell Puryear called Richard Sherman's postgame tirade "amateurish". Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

Khendell Puryear called Richard Sherman’s postgame tirade “amateurish”. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

Usually going to the Super Bowl makes you famous, but for Seattle Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback it seems to have made him infamous. Richard Sherman made a brilliant play to end the NFC championship game then proceeded to taunt Michael Crabtree and then didn’t stop even during postgame interviews.

It drew a lot of criticism from everyone including Lincoln High School’s own cornerback Khendell Puryear, who called Sherman’s tirade “amateurish”.

“That was someone that was never in a big position before acting like that,” Puryear told Mitch Abramson of the NY Daily News. “When you make a big play like he did, you have to act like you’ve done it before, like that’s not a big deal. He should have acted like he’s been there before.

“As a cornerback, we’ve been taught to let the last play go and that usually refers to us making a bad play. But it’s also after we make a good play. You need to let it go and move on. It’s not even the biggest game and he’s acting like that. It’s not even the Super Bowl yet. Hopefully he can walk the walk for the Super Bowl.”

Puryear has also encouraged Sherman to visit Lincoln High School where the 13-0 city champs can show him the proper way a champion acts on the football field.

“He just made a big mistake,” said Puryear. “Peyton is going to want to beat him now to make a point. I wouldn’t have done that if I was him.”

The 5-foot-9, 160-pound Puryear isn’t know for talking trash even though he could. He had 41 tackles, two interceptions and a touchdown for Lincoln this year and that is with teams avoiding him as often as possible. Despite that, he remained humble throughout most of this season.

Puryear has NFL aspirations, but is smart enough to know that his size, or lack thereof, will limit him. In conversations with the Brooklyn Eagle, he was always quick to discuss the academic merits of a college as well as their success on the field. Sherman isn’t much different as he finished high school with a 4.2 GPA.


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