Richard Sherman Is Not A Thug
The Seattle Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl for only the second time in franchise history and cornerback Richard Sherman is a big reason why. As the best cornerback in the game, Sherman is part of a defensive group called the "Legion of Boom", which includes fellow DB's Brandon Browner, Kam Chancellor, and Earl Thomas, who all are a part of the best defense in the NFL.
Since Sherman's entrance into the league, he's been known as a "trash talker", but somebody who can back it up. His talk has most notably prompted Trent Williams to hit him in the face after a NFC Wild Card Game against the Washington Redskins.
This past Sunday, in the NFC Championship against the San Francisco 49ers, Sherman tipped a pass from Colin Kaepernick intended for Michael Crabtree, which was then intercepted by Malcolm Smith. This play ended the 49ers season and sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, and Sherman was in the center of it. This play (only the second time Sherman was targetted the entire game) started a chain of events that nobody expected.
After the play was over, Crabtree walked back to the San Francisco sideline, but before he got over there, Sherman met with him and offered to shake his hand, but was ignored by Crabtree. Sherman responded with a pat on the butt, and put his hand out again and said "good game, good game", and then Crabtree shoved him in his face. If you're smart, you don't do this to Richard Sherman.
After the game ended and the Seahawks claimed the NFC crown, Sherman went for an interview with FOX reporter Erin Andrews. I'm sure you've seen the interview, and if you haven't, where have you been? Sherman's response to Erin Andrews' questions prompted many football and non football fans to react, mostly negative. Words that are thrown around when people were talking about him were "thug", "classless", and the "n word". This simply shows the arrogance of people to judge people based off of one thing that they see that person do.
I look at a player off the field to understand them completely. When I saw what Richard Sherman did to Tom Brady in 2012, I thought it was pretty funny that this dude I've never heard of is talking trash to one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, so I decided to do some research on him. I found a guy who came from Compton, graduated #2 in his class, went to Stanford, earned a degree in Communications, and returned for his final year of eligibility to get his Masters. I don't know about you, but these aren't things I see myself doing any time soon. During the 2013 regular season, he was lined up against the opposing team's #1 receiver and only gave up 421 receiving yards all season. He's yet to give up a reception during the 2014 playoffs.
It is sad that people jump to conclusions about people so fast these days, but this is something that will not change any time soon, unfortunately. While you are probably hating on a guy that has done nothing wrong off the field, people support NFL players that have committed actual crimes involving murder, assault, robbery, driving under the influence, etc. There are scumbags and people you should be calling thugs instead of throwing that word at Sherman.
I am rooting for the Seattle Seahawks to win Super Bowl XLVIII, and I will not hold in my love for this team, even if they aren't my favorite team. They are an exciting group of guys that know how to play the game and know how to be the best. It will be a challenge for them facing the best offense in the NFL in the Denver Broncos with future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning leading the best offense in the NFL. It should be an exciting game, that hopefully ends in Richard Sherman holding the Lombardi Trophy over his head waving to his haters.