ATLANTA -- It’s bad enough Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman likes to talk trash. But from Tony Gonzalez’s perspective, it would seem even worse that Sherman went to Stanford, being that Gonzalez attended rival Cal.
Regardless, the Atlanta Falcons tight end had no problem swapping jerseys with Sherman following Sunday’s 33-10 loss to the Seahawks. In fact, the 37-year-old Gonzalez seemed to enjoy the moment with the 25-year-old Sherman.
"That’s what happens when you’re an old guy," Gonzalez said afterward. "They know it’s your last run, so he said, 'Hey, I’m probably not going to see you for a while.' So he took the jersey."
"He’s on his way. He’s such a good player. I’m glad I got his jersey. I don’t know if that will be the last time this year. I’m sure a lot of people are going be asking for my jersey as the season approaches the end because they know this is the last one."
Sherman talked about his display of respect for Gonzalez.
"He’s a Hall of Famer and been a great player in this league for a long time," the cornerback said. "You always respect great players. You respect the game in that sense. It’s an honor to play against him."
Gonzalez will retire at the end of the year after finishing his 17th NFL season.