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Richard Sherman and Tom Brady handshake resurfaces after CB signs with Bucs

Joshua Rogers September 29, 2021
Super Bowl XLIX: New England Patriots Vs. Seattle Seahawks
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The former Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers star has joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a one-year contract. The corner back and Tampa’s superstar quarterback go way back, evidenced by the Richard Sherman and Tom Brady handshake resurfacing.

Richard Sherman signs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Corner back Richard Sherman has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a one-year contract, according to reports.

The five-time Pro Bowl CB has led the NFL in interceptions since 2011.

The 33-year-old has been an unrestricted free agent since March after his third season with the San Francisco 49ers.

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Sherman has struggled with a calf injury in recent years.

However, the addition of the veteran to a roster that includes Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Leonard Fournette and Antonio Brown is a scary prospect for the rest of the league.

Speaking about the contract, Sherman said he “went with the best offer he had”.

He added that Brady also reached out to him saying: “He’s the all-time great quarterback reaching out and any time he makes that call, it’s a very difficult opportunity to pass up.”

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Sherman and Brady go way back

Richard Sherman and Tom Brady have a somewhat complicated and interesting history.

It all appeared to start in 2012 when the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks faced off in the regular season.

Seattles’ “Legion of Boom” defense was on the come-up at that time and looking to derail Brady and the Patriots’ dynasty.

The Seahawks trailed 23-10 in the regular game on 14 October, but scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to win 24-23.

At the end of the game, Sherman famously went up to the quarterback and said “You mad, bro?” before tweeting – and then deleting – the same thing.

Afterwards, Sherman said it all started because Brady was trash-talking him and safety Earl Thomas during the game.

“He was pretty much saying we were nobodies,” Sherman said about Brady. “And we should come up to him after they got the win. He said stuff like that throughout the game. So we should just take that pretty well? Sure, can I get your autograph, too?”

“I think people somehow get a skewed view of Tom Brady,” Sherman added. “That he’s just a clean-cut guy that does everything right and never says a bad word to anyone. We know him to be otherwise.”

Richard Sherman and Tom Brady handshake resurfaces

Then came the Richard Sherman Tom Brady handshake in 2015, where the two appeared to bury the hatchet.

The Patriots and Seahawks met in Super Bowl XLIX, with the Patriots prevailing in what was a difficult game.

Richard Sherman went and found Tom Brady after the game, but a photo emerged of Brady seemingly ignoring Sherman’s handshake.

However, Brady just didn’t notice it at first and he eventually stood and accepted the handshake, telling Sherman: “You’re a great player.” 

Whatever happened between those two looks well and truly squashed these days.

Tampa fans will be no doubt excited to see a talented player like Sherman added to an already impressive roster.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.