Commentary: Why Richard Sherman is the perfect role model

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  • Coolio SLC, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 2:49 p.m.

    He had the largest audience of his life at the zenith of his professional career and he acted like an idiot. He disrespected the reporter who was trying to give him credit for winning the game. He disrespected his opponent who just experienced a crushing defeat. He never mentioned his team once in his outburst, just me, me, me!!! He may be everything the article says, but when he had the chance to show the world who he was he chose another side to show. America will remember him for his outburst, unfortunate as that may be. But he was a communications major, he should have known better.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Jan. 22, 2014 7:21 a.m.


    That "reporter" was Skip Bayless, who stated that Revis was a better cornerback than Richard Sherman. Sherman asked what he based that on? Bayless was clueless. He simply called out Skip Bayless for making an unfounded statement. He exposed Bayless for the sub-par reporter he is.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 21, 2014 10:00 p.m.

    Every person is a mixture of good... and not so good. Sherman definitely fits that description.

    His accomplishments and history in rising from a tough neighborhood, to Stanford, then on to the NFL are extraordinarily impressive, and his charitable work is very admirable.

    But this persona he takes on to drive himself to greater accomplishment has a serious defect. One interview, right after a huge play that got his team into the Superbowl is not enough to condemn a player, but it turns out Sherman has a long history, for a third year player.

    His interview with an ESPN reporter that quickly went downhill, with Sherman declaring "I'm a better person that you because I've accomplished more in my 24 years that you ever will in your profession" showed a nasty temper that is fueled by humiliating others. There are other videos, one video shows Sherman being punched in the face by an opposing player after a game. Where did the motivation for that assault come from?

    We need more kids to emulate a Richard Sherman that works hard and plays with respect, and *not* see the Richard Sherman who provokes great anger in others.

  • Frankenberry Saint George, UT
    Jan. 21, 2014 8:11 p.m.

    A great player, yes. Empahsizes the importance of education to youth, yes. Deserves credit for surviving life in Compton and making it to Stanford, yes. Graduating with honors, yes. A good man? Yes . . . I hope Peyton burn the shirt right off him.

  • Cincinnatus Kearns, UT
    Jan. 21, 2014 4:56 p.m.

    Another commentary on another news site made a similar point to this one and additionally pointed out:

    Sherman's degree at Stanford was in Communications.

    Notice that in the interview, he looked directly at the camera.

    He did not let one profanity fly- he made his point while watching his language. He knew what he was doing.

    Over the top? Sure. But the author of this and other similar articles make a good case for Sherman.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Jan. 21, 2014 4:08 p.m.

    @ Kamikrazee

    He is considered the best lock/shut down corner back in the NFL. 20 Interceptions in 3 season, 8 last year and 8 this year. Probowler last and this year. He is early into his career; and at this point; far from the best Seahawk ever. I don't recall that he ever said he was. Make no mistake though, he is a great Cornerback; his numbers speak for them self, and so does he.

    @let's roll

    Nicely put; well done!

  • kamikrazee Leawood, KS
    Jan. 21, 2014 3:29 p.m.

    Sherman is a good player, this year. He is setting himself up though, with his outsized personna. If he doesn't deliver the goods in the big game, and again next year, and next, he will be another athlete with an ego, Charlie Sheen with a helmet and pads.

    The show he put on at the end of the niner's game was terrible. I don't follow the 'Hawks and really don't care who is the greatest player that town has ever seen, but I am pretty sure it isn't him. I know great when I see it. If a player needs to tell everybody he is great, he ain't.

  • truth in all its forms henderson, NV
    Jan. 21, 2014 3:24 p.m.

    The perfect role model? You have got to be kidding me, He is cocky arrogant and full of himself. His comments after the game were embarrassing and I hope that no children emulate that kind of behavior it has no place in the game.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Jan. 21, 2014 3:11 p.m.

    The heat of the moment got to him. Jordan trash talked all the time when he was playing. He didn't publicly call out a player like Sherman did, but Jordan was a known talker. The moment got to Sherm. He's apologized, time to

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    Jan. 21, 2014 2:58 p.m.

    I learned a lot from his comments. They were honest and enlightening. They provided real insight into how an elite athlete prepares to play one of the most difficult positions in football. There are 50 athletes at his position with his physical skills so his mental approach is a large part of what sets him apart.

    Ironically, sports media bemoans what programmed/non-responsive answers they get from most athlete and rightfully so. Payton Manning and Tom Brady provide no real insight as to how they mentally prepare for a game.

    Thus, to me the only thing offensive about Sherman's comments are they way they're being handled by the media. They finally get a candid insight into a player's mindset and they vilify him for it.

    Who could blame Sherman if he decides in the future to parrot the "we take it one game at a time and respect all of our opponents" nonsense athletes are programmed to use with the media.

    Anyone who plays sports knows that players and coaches are always looking for ways to make each game and match up personal...Sherman just explained how he did that with the 49ers and Crabtree.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Jan. 21, 2014 1:09 p.m.

    Big Seahawk fan and a big Sherman fan. He is a great player. He just needs to tone it down a little. I'd much rather have him play for me; then against me.