RENTON, Wash. – Leave it to Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman to come up with a new way of talking about an opponent without saying a word.
Sherman, who drew plenty of attention after Seattle's win over New England for his comments about Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, changed his name on his Twitter page Wednesday to "Optimus Prime," a Transformers character. That wouldn't normally draw any attention except the Seahawks are preparing to face the Detroit Lions on Sunday and their star receiver Calvin Johnson, whose nickname is "Megatron."
Before the change to his Twitter name was noticed, Sherman said he felt facing Johnson was the same challenge as every other week, matching up against other top wide receivers in the league. According to STATS LLC, Sherman leads the NFL in passes defensed with 11.