RENTON, Wash. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Seattle’s Richard Sherman has responded to recent comments from New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who criticized the Seahawks cornerback for only playing one side of the field.

Cromartie told SiriusXM NFL Radio last week that Sherman cannot be considered the top cornerback in the NFL because he doesn’t follow the other team’s No. 1 receiver.

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“Go follow the No. 1 receiver. Follow him around for a whole entire game and let’s see what you can do,” Cromartie said in the interview. “Darrelle Revis has done that his whole career. I’ve done that. Patrick Peterson has done it. Joe Haden has done it. (Sherman) is the only defensive back that hasn’t.”

On Tuesday, Sherman called Cromartie’s comments “unfortunate” and indicated that the Jets cornerback should be more grateful for his appearance in last season’s Pro Bowl.

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“You would think after me helping him get a Pro Bowl bid … we went to the Super Bowl and he wouldn’t have made it to the Pro Bowl otherwise,” Sherman said after the Seahawks wrapped up their organized team activity. “And now he’s talking bad.”

“I think it’s one of the things that’s just the ignorance of the public. How many great left tackles do you see switching to the right side because there’s a great d-end (switching) to the right side? You don’t see it,” he added. “Great players stay on their side and do what they’re supposed to do. How many guys have you seen switching from side to side on a No. 1 defense? We’re the No. 1 defense for a reason.”

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