Stanford running back Christian McCaffery set the NCAA record for single-season all-purpose yards in the PAC-12 Championship game – which Stanford won against USC. The following day, one of Stanford’s loudest alums was touting the back as the greatest player in college football history.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman got into a debate with teammate, All-Pro safety, and, more importantly, former Trojan Earl Thomas about who the greatest college player was, with Thomas going with a former Trojan, Reggie Bush.
Thomas credits the debate for pumping him up for their game in Minnesota.
“It felt good,” Thomas said. “I think it started early. Sherm [Richard Sherman] came with this debate about Stanford’s [Christian] McCaffrey, said he’s better than Reggie Bush. So me and him were arguing the whole way up here. So it started pretty early, and that just got my mojo going. We were just up. Usually the time difference affects us, but not today.”
ESPN Seahawks reporter Sheil Kapadia documented the exchange:
Thomas: “I’m taking Reggie Bush. Reggie Bush is better than McCaffrey.”
Sherman: “Prove it with stats.”
Thomas: “That’s how he’s getting me. I can’t do all that.”
Sherman: “You can’t prove it with stats. You can’t prove it with touches. You can’t prove it with anything because that boy is putting on good tape. He should win the Heisman.”
Reporter: “I’m not saying that he shouldn’t be the Heisman.”
Thomas: “You see how he [Sherman] tries to switch it up?”
Sherman: “But explain to me how he’s better.”
Thomas [to reporter]: “Don’t let him draw you in. Don’t let him draw you in”
Sherman: “It’s an opinion. What I’m saying is a fact. I’m giving you factual evidence that Christian McCaffrey, best player in college football.”
Thomas: “Is he better than Reggie Bush?”
Sherman: “Yes. Give the kid credit where credit is due. They don’t want to give it to him.”
Something tells me that Adrian Peterson would not be happy about this debate for multiple reasons.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports