Darrelle Revis drawing respect

TAMPA, Fla. -- Although his season is long over, Thursday turned out to be a big day for Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis.

First, he was named Comeback Player of the Year by The Sporting News. Then, he drew some words of praise from Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman.

Let’s start with the Comeback Player of the Year award. Revis suffered a torn ACL early in the 2012 season while playing for the New York Jets. He was traded to the Bucs in the 2013 offseason. Although Revis said several times that he wasn’t completely recovered from the knee surgery, he turned in a solid season and earned the award. Revis has said he’s looking forward to an even better 2014 season because he believes the knee will be completely healed.

As impressive as the award might be, the praise from Sherman might be even more noteworthy. That’s mostly because Sherman doesn’t praise other players very often. Last year, Sherman said that he -- and not Revis -- was the best cornerback in the game. That set off a Twitter war between the two.

But, at Thursday’s Super Bowl media session, Sherman said his issues with Revis were overblown by the media.

"I think one of those things, just like a lot of other things, is a lot of media fabrication more than anything," Sherman said." People make it more of a big deal than it really is. Guys have conversations off the field and are good friends. People would be surprised. They think they're really mortal enemies, and it's really not like that.

"We've had a few conversations. He's a great guy and we squashed all the nonsense. I think every one of them out there is going to say that they're the best, and that's the way you've got to play the position."