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Seattle Seahawks Cornerback Richard Sherman celebrating a touchdown.
By KYLE BENNETT
“With the 154th pick, in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks select Richard Sherman, Stanford University.” This would be the first time we hear the captain of the Legion of Boom’s name associated with the NFL, and most certainly not the last.
Richard Sherman is the star ornerback for the now World Champion Seattle Seahawks. Sherman has dealt with controversy his entire life, having grown up in Compton, California. He was able to overcome the adversity that comes with the Compton tag and graduated from Stanford University in 2010 with a degree in communications and he returned to Stanford in 2011 to complete his Master’s degree and to play his final year of eligibility for the Stanford Cardinal football team.
We come to this season’s NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers. Sherman deflected a Colin Kaepernick pass in the end zone into the hands of Malcolm Smith to clinch the game and trip to the Super Bowl for the Seahawks. Sherman was defending 49ers, Wide Receiver, Michael Crabtree, and the two have bad blood with one anotherstemming back to a charity
event held by Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Sherman ran over to Crabtree and tapped him on the back and said “good game” when Crabtree then shoved his hand in Sherman’s face. FOX sideline reporter Erin Andrews then interviewed Sherman after the game and in the heat of the moment, the adrenaline high of an NFC Championship game; Sherman declared, “Well, I’m the best corner in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like (Michael) Crabtree, that’s the result you are going to get. Don’t you ever talk about me.” Andrews then asked, “Who was talking about you?” Sherman: “Crabtree. Don’t open your mouth about the best or I’m going to shut it for you real quick. “LOB!” (That’s the abbreviation for “Legion of Boom,” the nickname of the Seahawks’ defense.)
Sherman received high social media attention not even 30 seconds after the interview. Tweets were sent out saying Sherman was classless and was perceived as a “thug”. He gained over 300,000 Twitter followers that night. Think about the journey Sherman took to get to that point. From Compton, to Stanford, to a 3.9 GPA and Master’s degree, to being one game away from being named an NFL Champion, what would you have done?
I personally had no problem with Richard Sherman’s words after the game. He’s an athlete who was in the heat of the moment and just sent his team to the Super Bowl with a tipped pass in the end zone against a hated Division rival. He can talk the talk and back it up by walking the walk and proving on the field that he is the best at his position.
Although he was not as big a factor in the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos, his team still won in a blowout, and Sherman is a Super Bowl Champion. Sherman is a regular guy off the field. He interacts with his fans on Twitter and doesn’t ignore controversy. He’s even tweeted at me. So to those who think Richard Sherman was “classless” and a “thug” for his NFC Championship Post-Game interview, do your background on someone first, don’t judge them by a heat of the moment interview. Think about the journey he has taken and what that game meant to him and to his team.