Best in the nation? Jamal Adams was barely best in the building on Sunday night.
The Seahawks safety had a unique way of introducing himself during Steelers-Seahawks player videos on Sunday night: Rather than say his college (LSU) or his high school (Hebron, Carrollton, Texas) or even his elementary school, Adams followed his name by saying he was the “Best in the Nation.”
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While Adams’ confidence is second to none in the NFL, this wasn’t simply a proclamation of his skill level. Adams was apparently referencing a viral video featuring Trabis Ward, a former Tennessee State University football player, who was shot and killed in October 2020.
The video, which is is 13 years old now, features Ward hyping himself up, including calling himself the “best in the nation,” with some emphasis on the “nation” part.
In any case, Adams’ reference wasn’t caught by many viewers during the “Sunday Night Football” throwdown. The Seattle safety, who signed a big-money deal during the offseason, went on to have a lowlight performance in the loss to the Steelers, continuing his dismal 2021 season as part of one of the worst defensive units in the league.
The Seahawks would fall to the Steelers 23-20 in overtime, with Adams on the hook for several missed opportunities to make game-changing plays, including a Ben Roethlisberger pass hitting him in the facemask.
Viewers wouldn’t let Adams’ hype slide by, offering up a slice of humble pie during and after the loss:
Never forget they traded two first round picks for him to have as many interceptions as me
— Jacoby (@JacobyFC) October 18, 2021
Jamal Adams, have you seen your metrics this season? You sure as hell aren’t the best in the nation.
— Schlasser (@UrinatingTree) October 18, 2021