By Brady Henderson
Richard Sherman has a degree in communications from Stanford, a polarizing personality and no shortage of opinions – all of which might make him ideally suited to write columns for a living if he wasn't an All-Pro cornerback for the Seahawks.
Sherman's first column, posted last week, touches on the familiar subjects – his penchant for trash talking, his assertion that he's the best cornerback in the NFL and the motivation he draws from falling to the fifth round in the 2011 draft.
Most revealing were the sections about his upbringing in inner-city Los Angeles (he was born in Watts and moved to Compton at age 14) and a seminal moment early in his football career.
Sherman writes that he grew to love football at a young age despite lacking the necessary toughness. That changed when he was 11 years old and his father Kevin, a trash truck driver who was coaching his Pop Warner team, pitted young Richard against a bigger kid during a tackling drill. A reluctant Richard was run over three times – "Do it again!" his father shouted – until finally prevailing.
"When you're young you have so many fears," Sherman writes. "But since that day I've never been afraid of anything on a football field."
Sherman writes that he hopes his column will give readers "an unfiltered look into my life, my team and the lives of all NFL players."