Richard Sherman (American football)

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Richard Sherman
Richard Sherman (American football).JPG
Sherman in the 2012 preseason.
No. 25     Seattle Seahawks
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-03-30) March 30, 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth: Compton, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Compton (CA) Dominguez
College: Stanford
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 5 / Pick: 154
Debuted in 2011 for the Seattle Seahawks
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 10, 2013
Tackles150
Interceptions16
Passes defensed49
Sacks1.0
Forced Fumbles4
Stats at NFL.com
 
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Richard Sherman
Richard Sherman (American football).JPG
Sherman in the 2012 preseason.
No. 25     Seattle Seahawks
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-03-30) March 30, 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth: Compton, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Compton (CA) Dominguez
College: Stanford
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 5 / Pick: 154
Debuted in 2011 for the Seattle Seahawks
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 10, 2013
Tackles150
Interceptions16
Passes defensed49
Sacks1.0
Forced Fumbles4
Stats at NFL.com

Richard Sherman (born March 30, 1988), is an American football cornerback with the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He was selected by the Seahawks in the fifth round (154th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. Sherman played college football at Stanford as a wide receiver and cornerback for the Cardinal.[1]

High school career[edit]

He attended Dominguez High School in Compton, California, where he starred in football and track and field. In 2006 he led his team to a Championship win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 41-14. In his senior season he had an average of 30 yards per catch on 28 catches with 14 touchdowns. Also, Richard starred in his school's rendition of "High School Musical," where he starred as a spunky, yet compassionate young man who loved to sing and dance. Richard has not publicly expressed a desire to continue his theatre career.

College career[edit]

Sherman began his career at Stanford as a wide receiver and led the Cardinal in receiving as a freshman in 2005 while being named a Freshman All-American. He caught 47 passes over the next two years before suffering a season-ending knee injury after playing in the first four games in 2008. He switched to cornerback after his injury due to team need and made 112 tackles over his final two years, which also included 6 interceptions. He was part of the 2010 Stanford Cardinal football team which finished 12-1, a school record.[1] Sherman is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.

Sherman graduated in 2010 from Stanford with a degree in Communication and returned for his final year of eligibility in order to begin a Masters degree.[2]

Track and field[edit]

Sherman was also a track star at Stanford University, where he specialized in long Jump and triple jump, and also ran the 110 meter hurdles, posting a personal best of 13.99 seconds. He was also named a USA Today All-American in track and field after winning the California state title in the triple jump, with a mark of 15.44 meters.

Personal bests[edit]

EventTime (seconds)VenueDate
60 meters7.06Nampa, IdahoJanuary 20, 2007
100 meters10.77Palo Alto, CaliforniaMarch 4, 2007
110 meter hurdles13.99Palo Alto, CaliforniaMarch 4, 2007
EventMark (meters)VenueDate
Long Jump7.10Seattle, WashingtonJanuary 27, 2007
Triple jump15.44Norwalk, ConnecticutJune 3, 2006

Professional career[edit]

2011 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
HtWt40-yd dash10-yd split20-yd split20-ss3-coneVertBroadBP
6 ft 3 in195 lb4.54 s1.56 s2.56 s4.29 s6.72 s40 in11 ft 0 in16 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

2011[edit]

Sherman was selected in the 5th round by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2011 NFL Draft. Sherman remembers watching the draft with his family at home and being "livid" about players who he perceived as inferior getting drafted before him.[3]

Despite starting only 10 games in his rookie season, Sherman was selected to the 2011 PFW All-Rookie Team, shattering all expectations heading into the season.[4] He also led all rookies with 21 passes defended and 4 interceptions in addition to 55 tackles.

2012[edit]

Richard Sherman during 2013 Seattle Seahawks training camp.

On October 14, 2012, following a victory over the New England Patriots in which he had an interception, Sherman taunted the Patriots' quarterback, Tom Brady.[5]

Prior to week 8 vs Detroit, Sherman nicknamed himself Optimus Prime, an action intended to send out the message that he would shut down Detroit's wide receiver, Calvin Johnson, known by his nickname Megatron. (Optimus Prime and Megatron are opposing characters in the Transformers franchise.) Johnson was held to 3 catches for 46 yards against Sherman and the Seahawks,[6]

On December 9, during Week 14 in a game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sherman recorded 2 interceptions of John Skelton's passes, one of which he returned 19 yards for a touchdown; Sherman also had 2 tackles and 1 assist and a fumble recovery, as the Seahawks took down the Cardinals 58-0 in the biggest shutout win in Seahawks history.[7]

On December 23, in a Week 16 game against the San Francisco 49ers, Richard Sherman had 5 tackles and recorded 1 interception against Colin Kaepernick, and made a huge play on special teams when he recovered a blocked 49ers field goal and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown, which was blocked by Red Bryant.[8]

Heading into Week 17 of the 2012 season, Sherman posted 61 tackles, seven interceptions and three forced fumbles.[9] Due to his play and the fact that he was not selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl, Sherman was considered of one of the biggest 2013 Pro Bowl snubs.[10] Sherman told Associated Press that "It don't mean nothing," prior to the announcement of the Pro Bowl rosters.[11] He was subsequently named Associated Press NFL All-Pro First Team.

In December 2012, Sherman won his appeal of a four-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.[12] It was likely that Sherman would sue the NFL if he was suspended.[13] Prior to the wildcard matchup between the Seahawks and the Redskins, Kedric Golston, a Redskins linebacker called out Sherman by saying "He's a cheater," referring to Sherman's successful suspension appeal.[14]

Controversies[edit]

Sherman has been involved in several controversies during his short NFL career. One of these controversies is his Optimus Prime nickname, referring to Calvin Johnson, who is nicknamed Megatron.[15] Sherman repeatedly taunted Tom Brady and the Patriots during an October 2012 game. After the game, Sherman posted to his Twitter account a photo of himself yelling at Brady with "U mad bro?" superimposed on it. He later removed the post.[5] Sherman also stirred controversy with his response to not being selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl.[11] In March 2013, Sherman went on to ESPN First Take, where he argued with Skip Bayless. Sherman told Bayless "I'm intelligent enough and capable enough to understand that you are an ignorant, pompous, egotistical cretin. I am going to crush you on here because I am tired of hearing about it." He also claimed that he was "better at life" than the First Take analyst, which sparked a response from fellow ESPN analyst Bill Simmons that blasted the First Take program.[16] Sherman was also involved in a Twitter feud with fellow NFL cornerback, Darrelle Revis,[17] to the point that Joe Haden also involved himself into the conversation, claiming that he was the No. 2 cornerback in the league, behind Revis and ahead of Sherman.[18] Sherman has also been involved in controversies with Trent Williams[19] and Roddy White.[20]

Stats[edit]

The following stats were retrieved from NFL.com.[21]

YearTeamGGSTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
CombTotalAstSackSafetiesPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFF
2011Seattle1610554780.001744511.23301
2012Seattle16166453111.00248577.12913
Total3226119100191.004112102--3314

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gil Alcaraz IV (January 27, 2011). "An insider’s view with Stanford cornerback Richard Sherman". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ Eric Sondheimer (June 21, 2010). "Football: Richard Sherman graduates from Stanford". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ Michael Silver (December 11, 2012). "Seahawks' Richard Sherman wants to 'destroy' the NFL and become the best CB of all time". Yahoo!. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "All Rookie Team". Pro Football Weekly. January 18, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Doug Farrar (October 15, 2012). "Richard Sherman beats Tom Brady; taunts the Pats with ‘U MAD BRO?’ after the game". Shutdown Corner. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Calvin Johnson Game by Game Stats and Performance". ESPN. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2012120912/2012/REG14/cardinals@seahawks#menu=highlights&tab=recap
  8. ^ http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2012122313/2012/REG16/49ers@seahawks#menu=highlights&tab=analyze
  9. ^ Tyler Conway (December 27, 2012). "Pro Bowl Roster 2013: Analyzing Why Richard Sherman and Other Snubs Missed Team". Bleacher Report. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  10. ^ "2013 Pro Bowl Snubs: Richard Sherman, Alfred Morris Among Notable Omissions". Huffington Post. December 27, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Kareem Copeland (December 26, 2012). "Richard Sherman: Pro Bowl spots 'don't mean nothing'". Around the League. NFL.com. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  12. ^ Lindsay H. Jones (December 27, 2012). "Seahawks' Richard Sherman wins appeal of NFL suspension". USA Today. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  13. ^ Curtis Crabtree (December 26, 2012). "Richard Sherman likely to sue league if suspended". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  14. ^ Dan Hanzus (January 4, 2013). "Redskins player on Richard Sherman: 'He's a cheater'". Around the League. NFL.com. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  15. ^ Nate Davis (October 25, 2012). "Megatron ready for Seahawks' Optimus Prime". Game On!. USA Today. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  16. ^ Chris Chase (March 7, 2013). "Richard Sherman blasts Skip Bayless on 'First Take'". Game On!. USA Today. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  17. ^ Gabe Zaldivar (February 20, 2013). "Seahawks' Richard Sherman Slays Jets' Darrelle Revis in Twitter Feud". B/R Swagger. Bleacher Report. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  18. ^ Joe Haden: Darrelle Revis is No. 1 cornerback; I'm No. 2
  19. ^ Marc Sessler (January 10, 2013). "Trent Williams told Richard Sherman he'd punch him". Around the League. NFL.com. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  20. ^ Ryan Wilson (February 17, 2013). "Richard Sherman calls draft 'a sham,' Roddy White 'an easy matchup'". Eye on Football. CBS. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Richard Sherman". NFL.com. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 

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