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Megatron vs. Optimus Prime: Seahawks CB Richard Sherman aims to contain Calvin Johnson

Richard Sherman does not lack for confidence. (Elaine Thompson / AP)

Detroit Lions All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson’s rare combination of size and athleticism make him nearly impossible to defend and earned him the nickname “Megatron.”

Seattle Seahawks corner back Richard Sherman hopes harnessing the power of good will help him contain Johnson when the two teams meet in Detroit on Sunday.

Sherman changed his Twitter name to “Optimus Prime” this week in a direct reference to Johnson’s moniker.

Calvin Johnson isn’t your average wide receiver. (David Maialetti / AP)

So, Mr. Prime, what kind of a challenge does the 6-foot-5 Johnson present?

“Nothing to a guy who’s 6-foot-3,” Johnson said before Wednesday’s practice (via Shutdown Corner) Nothing unique about it, that’s for sure. It may actually be a little less of an issue, because the closer you are in size, you might move in a similar way to him. It’s better than the little guys who [move differently]. He’s got a long stride, and I’ve got a long stride, you know what I’m saying?”

Johnson, apparently, does not know what Sherman is saying.

“Self-given nickname,” Johnson said of Sherman’s new alter-ego via the Detroit Free Press. “Hey, if that’s who he wants to be, that’s cool.”

Seattle’s secondary ranks eighth in the NFL against the pass, and Sherman is a key reason why. He leads the team with three interceptions and has 28 tackles on the season. The guy doesn’t lack for confidence either.

After the Seahawks knocked off New England earlier this month, Sherman jawed at Patriots QB Tom Brady on the field and on Twitter, a move that did not go unnoticed around the league.

“He took a shot at Brady, one of the best quarterbacks ever to play,” Lions center Dominic Raiola told the Free Press. “Take a shot at coaches. Whatever. That’s disrespectful to this game, but maybe he doesn’t have a lot of respect, who knows?

(H/T Shutdown Corner)


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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.
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