Sherman named defensive player of month

RENTON, Wash. -- No Seattle Seahawks cornerback ever had been named defensive player of the month -- until today.

Richard Sherman earned the honor in the NFC for his effort in the first four weeks of the season, including a 58-yard pick-six last weekend at Houston that tied the score in the fourth quarter of Seattle's 23-20 overtime victory.

Sherman has eight total tackles, six passes defensed and two interceptions in the first four games, helping the Seahawks stay unbeaten.

In his third season out of Stanford, Sherman boldly has said on several occasions that he is the best cornerback in the NFL, a statement that led to a war of words with Tampa Bay cornerback Derrelle Revis. But the statistics back up Sherman’s claim. Since he entered the league, Sherman leads all NFL players with 14 interceptions and 47 passes defensed.

In the Sept. 15 home game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sherman shut down 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin, who caught only one pass for seven yards one week after making 13 receptions for 208 yards against Green Bay.