Richard Sherman Biography
Richard Sherman born Richard Kevin Sherman, is an American football cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He was born on March 30, 1988 in Compton, California. He has an older brother Branton and a younger sister Krystina.
He attended Dominguez High School, where he played football as a wide receiver, cornerback and punt/kick returner and ran track. He graduated with a 4.2 GPA. After receiving numerous offers to the nation’s top programs, Richard committed to Stanford University, becoming the first student in 20 years qualified to attend Stanford on both academic and athletic merits. Richard Sherman attended Stanford, where he played receiver for the first three years of his collegiate career. He played only four games his Junior year due to a season-ending knee injury and was granted a medical redshirt. As a receiver, Richard caught 84 passes for a total of 1,340 yards and 7 touchdowns.
The spring after his Junior year, Sherman made the switch to defense, where he found the position that would make him an All-Pro. During his two years on the defensive side of the ball, Richard racked up a total of 113 tackles, 23 pass break-ups and 6 interceptions. In 2011, Richard entered the NFL Draft and was selected in the 5th round, 154th overall, by the Seattle Seahawks.
Richard Sherman hauled in 4 interceptions, 17 pass break-ups and 53 total tackles in his rookie campaign with the Seattle Seahawks, earning him a spot on the 2011 All-Rookie team. Since coming into the league, Richard is tied at 7th in the NFL in interceptions (30) and has had 92 pass break-ups. Considered the best cornerback in the league, Richard has been named to four Pro Bowl rosters and three All-Pro teams in his six seasons in the NFL.
In 2013, Richard Sherman and the Seahawks won their first Super Bowl, blowing out the Denver Broncos 43-8. Winning the Super Bowl capped off an amazing season for Richard in which he lead the NFL in interceptions (8), recorded 17 pass break-ups, and returning 1 interception for a touchdown. He finished the year as an All-Pro cornerback, Pro Bowler, and most importantly, Super Bowl Champion.
Sherman has his own charity called Blanket Coverage – The Richard Sherman Family Foundation. Since forming Blanket Coverage, Richard Sherman and the Blanket Coverage team have made it their mission to provide school supplies for students all across America. Richard has visited several elementary and high schools, speaking to the student body on making the world a better place than when they entered it.
Richard Sherman Seattle Seahawks Career
Sherman was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft with the 154th overall pick. He remembers watching the draft with his family at home and being “livid” about players he perceived as inferior getting drafted before him. Some critics said he was a size prospect with some good intangibles that would help him mold into a contributing backup corner for a press-heavy team. Other scouts thought he did not possess the natural coverage instincts, fluidity or burst to be considered a future starter, despite his size and athleticism.
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. He also led all rookies with 17 passes defended and four interceptions in addition to 55 tackles.
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. 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.
Prior to Week 8 against 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. Johnson was held to three catches for 46 yards against Sherman and the Seahawks.
On December 9, in Week 14 against the Arizona Cardinals, Sherman recorded two interceptions of John Skelton’s passes, one of which he returned 19 yards for a touchdown; Sherman also had two tackles, one assist and a fumble recovery, as the Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 58–0 in the biggest shutout win in Seahawks history.
On December 23, in a Week 16 game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sherman had five tackles and one 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.
Heading into Week 17 of the 2012 season, Sherman posted 61 tackles, seven interceptions and three forced fumbles. Due to his play and the fact that he was not selected to the 2012 Pro Bowl, Sherman was considered of one of the biggest 2012 Pro Bowl snubs. Sherman told Associated Press that “It don’t mean nothing,” prior to the announcement of the Pro Bowl rosters. This caused some controversy. He was subsequently named Associated Press NFL All-Pro First Team, a more selective award.
In December 2012, Sherman won his appeal of a four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. It was likely that Sherman would sue the NFL if he were suspended. Prior to the wildcard matchup between the Seahawks and the Redskins, Kedric Golston, a Redskins defensive tackle, called out Sherman by saying, “He’s a cheater,” referring to Sherman’s successful suspension appeal.
After the Seahawks’ season ended in the playoffs, in March 2013, Sherman went onto ESPN First Take and 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. Sherman was also involved in a Twitter feud with fellow NFL cornerback Darrelle Revis, to the point that Joe Haden also involved himself in the conversation, claiming that he was the number 2 cornerback in the league, behind Revis and ahead of Sherman. Sherman has also been involved in controversies with Trent Williams and Roddy White.
Sherman was one of the leaders of the Legion of Boom secondary (so called for the unit’s hard-hitting style) that allowed the fewest passing yards in the league and anchored the top overall defense in the NFL en route to the first Super Bowl win in franchise history. He completed a successful 2013 campaign, where his 8 interceptions led the league, which led to him being named to the 2014 Pro Bowl as the top vote getter among defensive players and his 2nd consecutive year as an Associated Press NFL All-Pro First Team.
During the 2014 NFL playoffs, Sherman played a critical role in helping Seattle get to and win Super Bowl XLVIII. During the last play of the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sherman was targeted by 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick in the end zone. As Seattle was only winning by six, conceding a touchdown would have been all but fatal to Seattle’s hopes of advancing to the Super Bowl. Instead, Sherman successfully got in the way of the pass Kaepernick threw to Michael Crabtree, deflecting it to teammate Malcolm Smith for the game-saving interception. The play was later dubbed “the Immaculate Deflection” (as an homage to the Immaculate Reception), and would later be voted by Seahawks fans to be the most significant play in Seahawks history. In the aftermath of the play, Sherman ran over to Crabtree and mockingly offered a handshake, but Crabtree responded by giving Sherman a shove to the facemask. Sherman proceeded to make a choke sign towards Kaepernick. Sherman was then immediately penalized by the officials for unsportsmanlike conduct. Moments later, during a live post-game interview with Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews, Sherman emotionally shouted, “Well, I’m the best corner in the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you gonna get! Don’t you ever talk about me!” He then looked into the camera and yelled, “Don’t you open your mouth about the best, or y’know I’m gonna shut it for you real quick! L.O.B.!” When asked by Andrews, Sherman said the former remark was directed at Crabtree; Andrews later stated that she knew Sherman was referring to Crabtree and asked the question to allow him to tell this to a largely oblivious TV audience.
Sherman would later be fined $7,875 by the NFL for taunting. The fine was directed at his on-field actions towards both Kaepernick and Crabtree, the latter of which was described as “mocking”. The NFL specifically stated that the fine was not related to his post-game interview. Sherman later blamed Crabtree’s shove for fueling his post-game rant, though he also said he regretted his attack and was dismayed by the negative response from the public. In response to the word “thug” being widely used to criticize Sherman following the incident, Sherman said “The reason it bothers me is because it seems like it’s an accepted way of calling somebody the N-word now.”
Sherman and the rest of Seattle’s defense then had a brilliant showing in their final game of the season, shutting down the record-setting Denver Broncos offense in a 43–8 Super Bowl rout in which Sherman had three tackles and held Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker to one catch for six yards. This concluded the postseason in which Sherman was targeted on a mere six throws.
On May 7, 2014, the Seahawks and Sherman agreed to a 4-year, $57.4 million contract extension, making him one of the NFL’s highest-paid defensive players. On June 6, he was named the cover athlete for Madden 15. Topping off a great year for Sherman, he then was nominated for an ESPY award, in the category of “Best Breakthrough Athlete. In Week 13, Sherman had two interceptions against Colin Kaepernick and two tackles in the Seahawks’ 19-3 win at San Francisco during the Thanksgiving Day game, earning the NFC Defensive Player of Week award. Sherman finished the season with 57 tackles and 4 interceptions and 8 passes defensed. The Seahawks finished the season as the number 1 seed with a 12-4 record. In the divisional round against the Carolina Panthers, Sherman recorded 3 tackles and an interception as the Seahawks won by a score of 31-17. In the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers, he recorded 4 tackles and an interception after not being targeted once in the season opener. The Seahawks won 28-22 and advanced to the Super Bowl for the second straight season. In Super Bowl XLIX, Sherman recorded 3 tackles, but the Seahawks lost 28–24 to the New England Patriots as they failed to repeat as champions. The day after the Super Bowl, the Seahawks announced Sherman would need Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left elbow. Following the conclusion of the NFL season, the Pro Football Writers Association selected Sherman to win the PFWA Good Guy Award for his willingness to work with and provide insightful information to the media. He was the second consecutive Seahawk to win the award, as quarterback Russell Wilson was the previous recipient. Sherman was also awarded NFC Defensive Player of the Year honors by the Kansas City Committee.
In the 2015 season, Sherman recorded 14 passes defensed, two interceptions, and 50 total tackles. He was named to his third straight Pro Bowl in 2015 and was named second-team All-Pro. He was ranked 20th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.
In the 2016 season, Sherman finished with four interceptions, 13 passes defensed, and 58 total tackles. He was named to his fourth straight Pro Bowl appearance in 2016. In the second quarter of the 2016 Pro Bowl, he intercepted an Andy Dalton pass that was intended for Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders down the right sideline. He was also ranked 21st by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.
After the season, it was revealed that Sherman was battling a sprained MCL in his right knee, an injury that hampered him during the second half of the year. The Seahawks were suspected to have failed to disclose this injury, which prompted the NFL to investigate. If the injury was not disclosed in time, the Seahawks could have faced a heavy fine as well as a forfeiting a second-round pick in the 2017 Draft. Ultimately, the Seahawks were not penalized.
Sherman was bothered in 2017 by his Achilles, which he initially injured in Week 5 during a 16–10 win against the Los Angeles Rams. In the following weeks, he tried to avoid making any severe cuts. On October 29, against the Houston Texans, he had two interceptions in the 41–38 victory. During Week 10 in a 22–16 win at Arizona, he left the game in the third quarter after rupturing his Achilles, and was ruled out for the season.
On March 7, 2018, it was reported that Sherman did not expect to return to the Seahawks for the 2018 season, and that he had spent the previous day telling his teammates goodbye. He was officially released on March 9, 2018.
Richard Sherman San Francisco 49ers
On March 10, 2018, just a day after being released by the Seahawks, Sherman agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers.
Richard Sherman Age
He was born on March 30, 1988.
Richard Sherman Girlfriend – Richard Sherman Wife – Richard Sherman Kids
Sherman’s girlfriend Ashley Moss gave birth to their first son, Rayden Sherman. Moss and Sherman were engaged in June 2015. The couple welcomed their second child, daughter Avery, on April 16, 2016.
Richard Sherman Height
He stands at 6′ 3″ (1.91 m).
Richard Sherman Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $30 Million.
Richard Sherman Salary
Richard Sherman signed a 4 year, $56,000,000 contract with the Seattle Seahawks, including a $11,000,000 signing bonus, $40,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $14,000,000. In 2017, Sherman will earn a base salary of $11,431,000, while carrying a cap hit of $13,631,000 and a dead cap value of $15,831,000.