23 Reasons Richard Sherman Is Actually One Of The Most Likable Players In The NFL
Get to know football's most polarizing player a little better.
1. Here's what the cameras didn't show you after the NFC Championship.
2. He is a goofball.
3. He always kills it on #ThrowbackThursday.
4. He dances with cheerleaders after interceptions and plays air guitar at practice.
5. He stages samurai sword fights with his brother.
6. He really, really likes Gushers.
Marshawn Lynch has Skittles and Richard Sherman has Gushers. In fact, according to an excellent profile of Sherman in Sports Illustrated this past summer, "Sherman gobbles Gushers every Sunday morning during the season." And yes, that is his jersey made solely from Gushers.
7. He took it to Tom Brady.
8. He grilled unsuspecting fans about whether Darrelle Revis was better than Richard Sherman.
9. He rode a Jet Ski to watch rookie camp.
Sherman piloted his Jet Ski to the shores of Lake Washington, where the Seahawks practice facility is located, then took some selfies with other fans enjoying the summer day on the lake.
10. He is a world-class athlete, but he's still just as bad at golf as you are.
11. He's a self-proclaimed nerd...
In addition to being a Transformers fan, Sherman is a Halo aficionado who was a guest of honor at the Halo 4 release.
12. Who appreciates the cinematic arts.
13. And bow ties.
14. He was always mean-mugging in family pictures.
(Richard is on the far right of each photo.)
15. He's a blue-collar kid from a blue-collar family.
His father has been a garbage man in Los Angeles for over 30 years, waking up at 4 a.m. each morning to go to work. His mother is a senior clerk for California Children's Services.
16. And a walking anti-stereotype.
17. He organized a benefit attended by 7,500 people to help build a home for an injured soldier.
Last summer Sherman held a celebrity softball game featuring Larry Fitzgerald, Shawn Kemp, Terrell Owens, Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson, and other Seahawk teammates. Over 7,500 people came out to the event, and the proceeds went to the Helping A Hero foundation, which helped raise money for a soldier with an amputated leg to build a home.
18. (And the troops support him back.)
19. He's only been in the league three years — he's still on his rookie contract — but is already one of the most charitable players in the NFL.
Blanket Coverage, The Richard Sherman Family Foundation, provides kids with school supplies and clothes. Since Sherman's charity was founded this past July, they've brought goods to four schools and nine community centers. Sherman's stated goal isn't "charity," but leveling the playing field for kids who don't have the things most people take for granted. Students sign a contract with him: In return for improving their grades, making good attendance, and being good citizens, he'll continue to help them with clothes and supplies. The foundation also recently visited the Rescue Mission in Tacoma, Wash., and donated socks, blankets, shoes, board games, and books to 160 families who are homeless or trying to get their lives back on track after suffering from addiction.
20. He showed up to help out these high school kids the morning after a game.
Back in October, the morning after a Thursday night victory over the Arizona Cardinals, Sherman visited Foster High School in Tukwila, Wash., where he talked to students about bullying and brought school supplies for 120 students and new cleats for the football team.