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Where I’m Coming From

I’m a fifth-round pick from Compton. That drives me every day

By
Richard Sherman
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My name is Richard Sherman. I’m a 25-year-old cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks. You might know me for my mouth, but I hope you get to know me this season in The MMQB for two other things: being a great football player, and being an enlightened person.

I’ve agreed to write a regular column for this new website, and I’m excited about getting a player’s view of the game out in the media. Hopefully it will give you an unfiltered look into my life, my team and the lives of all NFL players.

The easiest way to start my first column would be to pick a new fight with someone. You might remember me for challenging Tom Brady after we beat the Patriots last fall, getting in his face after I felt he disrespected us. Or for the Twitter skirmish I got into with Darrelle Revis earlier this year, where I used facts to point out why I’m on his level as a player. Or when I demolished Skip Bayless on ESPN’s First Take. But before I throw out the first opinion—and I have quite a few of those—I want to tell you a few things about myself: where I’m from, who raised me, how I got to be where I am today. Then maybe you’ll understand why I’m so opinionated.

I was raised in a tough part of L.A. by two great parents, my mother, Beverly, and father, Kevin. I lived in Watts until I was about 14, then moved to Compton. My mom works with mentally disabled kids for the County of Los Angeles. My dad drives a trash truck.

He still leaves the house at 4 in the morning to go out on his route. So I was raised understanding the value of hard work. My parents preached academics above all else. It got to the point where I’d bring home a B in middle school, even in a tough class, and get stern looks, like, That is not acceptable. But our parents always kept us involved in sports, kept us busy. In such a bad neighborhood, they always wanted us doing something constructive.

I knew very early—back when I was around 7—that I wanted to be a football player. I loved the game, plus one day I saw Deion Sanders get this crazy contract, seven years for $35 million. I saw that, and I saw his house on TV, and I thought, Wow, he got that much to just play the same game I’m playing for free in Pop Warner? That’s the life for me. Despite his riches, I already had something in common with Deion back then: I wasn’t the bravest guy out on the football field.

It wasn’t until my dad coached my team, when I was 11, that I learned you had to be tough to be a great football player. He put me up against a bigger kid in a tackling drill and told me, “Run him over.” All I could think of was, I don’t want to do this, but I did it. I closed my eyes, ran into the guy and did OK—or so I thought.

“Do it again!” my father shouted.

I braced up again. And the guy ran through me, again. That one hurt.

“Do it again!”

This time he ran through me ever harder. My dad came over to me, picked me up off the ground and … threw me down.

“Do it right! Be a FOOTBALL player! Do it again!”

On my fourth try I ran through that kid’s face. Knocked him down. When you’re young you have so many fears. But since that day I’ve never been afraid of anything on a football field.

In high school I played both ways—receiver and cornerback—and got recruited by lots of big schools. But I also realized that by doing well in school, I’d always be able to control my fate. Knowledge is power, and I wanted as much power over my life as possible.

There were times when my favorite subject was math. Other times it was English. I remember reading The Iliad and loving it. You wouldn’t think a football player would be into Greek poetry about the Trojan War, but my parents gave me the greatest piece of knowledge when I was young: You can learn a lot if you’re willing to go outside your comfort zone.

USC really wanted me as a corner, but I wanted to be the next great wideout. All kids want to touch the ball, right? Being able to play receiver is one of the things that pointed me to Stanford, but the school’s academic culture and prestige were also alluring. I graduated with a degree in communications, and I hope to be a TV analyst when I stop playing because I love the games within a game that make football so great to watch on Sundays.

I’m glad to be in Seattle, but I still have a problem with what happened to me at the draft in 2011. I guess teams thought I was raw as a corner? I don’t know. But I’m a big corner (6-3, 195 pounds) who had a good Orange Bowl and good Senior Bowl, and I thought I’d go in the second or third round. I was really angry that I fell to the fifth. So many teams doubted me, and that disrespect motivates me to this day. It’ll drive me for as a long as I play. Me, the 154th pick? Made no sense then—and it still doesn’t.

Disrespect. That’s also what I felt from Tom Brady when the Patriots came to Seattle last season. They were beating us in the second half, and I think it was during a TV timeout when one of our safeties, Earl Thomas, walked over to Tom. Earl had already intercepted him and said something like, “I got one pick, and I should have had two more!” And Brady responded with something like, “Who are you? Come talk to me after we win.” He was talking down to us, like we were a bunch of nobodies just there witnessing his greatness.

I know there are people out there—fans and other players—who say, “Just shut up and play.” But that’s not me. Never has been, never will be. I can’t make everyone out there happy.

So after we won, 24–23, I went up to Tom, and he wouldn’t talk to me. It was just a spur-of-the-moment thing when I asked him, “You mad, bro? You mad, bro?”

I play the game the right way. I play hard. I don’t take cheap shots. I never try to hurt anybody. And I respect people who respect me. It’s pretty simple. But if you don’t respect me, or if you doubt my ability, I’m not just going to sit there and swallow it. I’ll come at you. I know there are people out there—fans and other players—who say, “Just shut up and play.” But that’s not me. Never has been, never will be. I can’t make everyone out there happy.

Now, about my game: I think I’m the best cornerback in football. The tape shows it. My numbers put an exclamation point on it. Over the past two seasons, only one cornerback in the NFL has at least 10 interceptions (I have 12) and at least 32 passes defensed (I have 41). I’m not sure what else I can do to prove I’m the top corner in the game, but once you’re branded as a fifth-round pick, that sticks. Some people will never admit that a fifth-rounder is the best at his position.

But I’m going to keep proving it, just like my team. There aren’t many out there who really believe in me, or in the Seahawks, yet. But just watch. It’s going to be our year.

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486 comments
LindaJones0126
LindaJones0126

Richard Sherman, 


When I first saw you play and speak up for yourself, I told my son that young man got what it takes!  My son knows I love the game and love watching confident and articulate young black guys succeed at what they work hard for!  

Just food for thought, when another has your best interest at heart, listen.  And when they don't, ignore them as they don't matter!  Never ever let someone else inadequacies, inabilities, inconsistencies, and insecurities become your weaknesses.  Rather, be bigger than them and take the higher route by showing them you are through your strength, endurance, abilities, consistencies, strategies, and intelligence!


I love you! Remain blessed and let His light shine through you so that others will see Him when they see you!

cbelair
cbelair

lol you failed at the first chapter !

smackfumaster
smackfumaster

Mr. Sherman, always pick your battles and you'll win the war.  Go Seahawks!  (I'm from Houston)

hallmcmillan
hallmcmillan

How much time are you going to spend writing various articles patting yourself on the back?  We get it, you're full of yourself, and regardless of ones talent level, that's never a characteristic that's going to be envied in America. 


Think about taking a page out of Champ Bailey's book and let your play speak for itself.  Also, for someone who thinks quite highly of your education, you really don't write very well.  I recently saw a copy of an inter-dorm email you had sent back at Stanford.  Your writing ability was on par with that of a 12 year old. 


Shut up and play football, your teammates are no doubt tired of your attempt to monopolize the spotlight. I'm sure your agent is loving it though.

AnthonyS.Andrews
AnthonyS.Andrews

I have always been taught that respect is not an entitlement, but rather a virtue earned. While I respect the "rags to riches" story, I don't respect the truculent nature of someone who is nothing more than a football player. I have been a sports fan since my youth, but of late, have become disenchanted with the amount of attention and relevance that is given to those who are doing nothing more than playing a child's game. Richard Sherman is the poster-child for petulance and narcissism. Is that a judgment? Richard Sherman's talent is self-evident. Yet I question why he feels the need to constantly remind us of what we already know. Does Peyton Manning remind us of his success by being self-congratulatory? Does Drew Brees posture himself in a manner and way that draws the ire of his peers? Barry Sanders, for all his credentials, always tipped his cap to the opposition. Not in disregard, but in a mutual show of respect within the competitive arena. Was he less "passionate" through his humility? Was he any less fervent in his pursuit of excellence despite his unwillingness to through others beneath the bus? While certain individuals will make note of individual personality, I feel that it is much deeper. I do believe that it is a reflection of who they are. Not the entire symphony, but rather a simple note reflecting who they are and perhaps why. I wonder what motivates Richard Sherman to bloviate about what is so readily apparent. Why the need for constant affirmation? Whether it be from the media or from his fellow players. I see his antics not as entertainment, but rather a sorry example of the implacable nature of the modern athlete, and the lack of substance within those who find his antics "entertaining".


From reading this article, I am left with the impression that Richard Sherman is a proverbial diamond in the rough. A bright mind wrapped within a world-class package of athletic precociousness and unlimited potential. I don't know Richard, but he seems like the type of individual who is of profound depth and substance, but an indefatigable zeal to belittle his opponents, when simple sportsmanship would suffice. For myself, this makes his antics all the more difficult to explain. I have had many lessons imparted to me within my lifetime. All of which formed me into the person that I am. One of the most important lessons was to stand in humility within the light of great blessing. To always remain in touch with the reality that the blessings bestowed can just as easily be taken away. There is also the simple truth that there are those who have feathers brighter than my own. While there are those who resort to racial rhetoric (which I find deplorable and unnecessary), I chose a more substantive approach. I hope someday that Richard Sherman realizes the depth of his blessings, and comes to acknowledge the virtue of humility, as opposed to the excrement that we were unfortunate to see last night.


Richard Sherman was correct to speak of the caveat that came with such boldness. People will continue to applaud him as long as he continues to win on the field. For the moment he stumbles, he will find that the applauding masses will be far less tolerant. Seeing his musings not as entertainment, but as an incessant cacophony of nonsense and self-absorption.

pmeske
pmeske

I can only wonder if you would be anywhere near as motivated to succeed if you had gone in the first or second round.  Sometimes a chip on your shoulder can create the perfect balance.  Nuff said.  Go Hawks... 

biglio
biglio

Tom Brady was a 6th round pick....Sherman should understand he's not that unique.....

Ladyblahblah
Ladyblahblah

At least Sherman's trash talking is toward the other team instead of screaming insults at his own teammates, or better yet, letting his wife do it for him.  (In Brady's defense, his intent may have not been disrespect; he probably just no longer knows how to respond to being ragged on in a language other than Portuguese.)  As for those who want an NFL filled exclusively with boring middle aged guys who are just thankful for another year of prostate health, I hear there's something called the Golf Channel.  Viva Le Sherman! 

SargeKhazaran
SargeKhazaran

I'm a 49ers fan and I respect what Sherman is doing. Great CB no doubt. I think everyone's initial reaction is "a loudmouth' but there is always more to a person.

What I'm interested in is if you had a successful college stint at Stanford and blame Harbaugh for you dropping? Why blame him? Was he that bad of a coach? He turned a team around very quickly and did not have a abrupt departure like his nemesis Carroll.

The Guy In Freeport
The Guy In Freeport

"Earl Thomas, walked over to Tom. Earl had already intercepted him and said something like, “I got one pick, and I should have had two more!"

Actually, it was Thomas who did the taunting, disrespecting Brady, and he was asking for it! Brady de not disrespect anyone, he simply responded accordingly. If you can give it, you should be able to take it as well!

William18
William18

You know, I always thought you were a loud-mouthed punk until I read this.  No more.  I don't advocate the trash talking...never was my thing and still isn't, but the fact that you are apparently cerebral in what you say and do softens that component of your personality and game.  Knock 'em dead this year.  I am a fan now.  Congrats to your parents for a job done well and under difficult circumstances.  #StartsInTheHome.

JackLandon
JackLandon

It's the eye test, Rich.  I watch Revis, and I watch you, and he is better at covering receivers.  Period.  It's not a slight to be the second best man-on-man coverer in the NFL.  But you are.

philh22
philh22

I don't get Sherman's point.  At all.  Does he realize that Brady was chosen in the SEVENTH round of the draft after riding pine at Michigan all four years?!?!  He's now one of the greatest QBs to have played the game.  If anyone has a reason to have a chip on his shoulder it's Brady.  




jzty
jzty

I don't think what Brady did was that disrespectful at all but what Sherman did was very disrespectful.  The Seahawks were very lucky to win that game.  Both interceptions in the 2nd half were on tipped balls and there were some very questionable calls by the refs mixed in as well.  What the hell has Sherman accomplished in this league anyway?  Brady has 3 Superbowls and should have had 2 more.  What does Sherman have?  Be respecful of your elders Goddamnit.

Husky23
Husky23

Richard  Sherman's whole disrespect thing is ridiculous.  First, he played two years  of DB in college and was Ok at best.  When he came out of college he was a project and was slated to be drafted in the 4th to 6th rounds (at best) and got picked in the 5th.  Does he think his performance at Stanford merited being picked in the first or second rounds?  Then in the NFL he does nothing but pick fights with guys that haven't said squat to him or about him and then when they respond, he claims they disrespected him.  This from a guy who had to cheat.   Now that is "disrespect."  

   .              

Buddy1
Buddy1

Not that Richard'll read this, but I do understand and like him a bit more after reading this 1 of many columns he'll eventually do for this site.

Here's my thing: Sherman destroyed Bayless on that?  I just watched the clip, and I basically despise Skip Bayless, but you DID avoid everything he tried to get you to respond to Richard, which is what people that know they're losing arguments/discussions constantly do.  

 Seahawks fans(not all, but the ones on here it seems, don't want to over generalize), because their team had a pretty good year, seem to suddenly think they're gonna be the team to beat in the NFC.  They may be, but first, you may want to win your own division AND not choke away a game against a Falcons team that had no business winning that game.

I like the brashness of R. Sherm, the game wouldn't be the same without personalities like him(the league has become dull with a bunch of yes men at times), and I'm sure I'd love him on my team, but he's had what, one good year, a year and a half?  Great, keep doing it for 4-8 more years, then come back and back up your smack.  

Oh, and Wilson had a great year last year, but I don't see him continuing to go up, he'll more than likely plateau and end up more Randal Cunningham than anything.


I may not like or agree with Sherman much, but I will keep reading as I want to learn more about him and his opinions, and if I read only things I always agreed with, that'd be boring and leave me uninformed.



sabresfan_97
sabresfan_97

Looking forward to reading this column. Shermans a great CB, but shut up and do your talking on the field.

ChrisMarcos
ChrisMarcos

Some things I don't get . . . 

1)  Earl Thomas goes out his way to talk trash to Brady, Brady responds with a much better line, and y'all feel disrespected?  

2)  Everyone knows that stats ain't everything . . . Best CB in the game gets did by Roddy White in the NFC Championship, then does that dumb move that boxers do when they get their face smacked, and acted like it was all good?  Best CB in the game don't get beat on the biggest stage . . . 

3)  "Some people will never admit that a fifth-rounder is the best at his position." . . . except for the very player mentioned in the article (Tom Brady, Rd 6, 199th pick) who has regularly been recognized as the best at his position for much of the past decade . . . 

It's not that anyone has a problem with the talking, it that's the stuff coming out of his mouth is tired . . . 

OwG
OwG

I appreciate it when athletes make the effort to pen their own articles and eliminate the self selfing middle men in sports media, but there wasn't anything in this article i couldn't have picked up from a wikipedia page or something. It was sort of topical. I hope the column gets better in the future. 

I would love to hear unfiltered thoughts about match ups and strategy from an active player perspective. 

LA Champ
LA Champ

Great read Richard....Rams fan here...Can hardly wait to see what you think of Quick, Givens, Austin, Cook & Sam mutha-effin Bradford....I coached against a few teams from Compton...A kid from our team later when to Stanford, Mark Bradford, about your age....You know him?

CraigWilliams
CraigWilliams

Hey Young Sherman, Respect is a double edged sword. If you want respect you have to give respect. In your article, you state that one of your teammates got in Tom Brady's face stating that he had one interception and he should of had two. Your teammate walked up to Tom Brady. Tom Brady did not walk up to your teammate. What did you expect Tom Brady to do stand there and be silent while someone is in his face talking trash. No, Tom Brady did what he was supposed to do, talk back. If you can't take it don't dish it.

Ilovemesomeme
Ilovemesomeme

After reading these responses I have to ask.............what's with the inferiority complex in Seattle? 

TheDjoker
TheDjoker

@AnthonyS.Andrews In reading your comment, I find myself disagreeing on your first paragraph with your opinion on why he has a "need for constant affirmation". To answer that question, Sherman does say that he expected to go in the 2nd or 3rd rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft, but dropped to the 5th round. I think he felt disappointed that he dropped so far below his expectations and that's the reason he motivates himself every day.


I wholeheartedly agree with your second paragraph. In that interview, I believe Sherman overreacted on camera. 


However, towards the end you say Sherman is self-centered. I think he is self-centered because he wants to get his name remembered as an elite NFL player. How many people know names like Manning and Brady? Anyone that's watched a playoff/Super Bowl in this past decade. How many people know names like Revis and Peterson?  Only the people who follow the NFL daily. 


My opinion on Richard Sherman is that people should recognize how great of a corner he is. Sure, he has issues with how he talks trash all the time, but he backs that up on the field. I think Sherman gets too much hate for his talk and not enough love for his play. 

Arthur7
Arthur7

@SargeKhazaran 

What I've heard is that Hargbaugh went around bad mouthing Sherman to other teams, which Sherman believes led to his going in a later round.

Of course that means less money as well as less respect, reason enough for Sherman to hold a grudge.

ErinLaMocha
ErinLaMocha

@William18 dang, a punk? I just thought he liked to talk trash and didn't really have a problem since he could back it up. Never knew about his background and that now makes me more of a fan. There's athletes then there's educated athletes. The ones who take academics seriously and excel in both mental and physical capacities are grade A in my book. 

MaxmillianDulin
MaxmillianDulin

@JackLandon Honest question: do you still feel that way after Sherman's performance Sunday night? Boldin didn't have a single catch while Sherman was covering him. At 6'3" Sherm towers over the 5'11" Revis, who is 3 years older and recovering from knee surgery...

cbantle
cbantle

@philh22 Brady was a 6th round draft pick, not 7th. Also, he started every single game of his junior and senior years at University of Michigan as well as setting a school passing completion record and winning two bowl games along the way.

Kaultar
Kaultar

@jzty 

How was it more disrespectful?  Brady pouting while walking off the field, all Sherman did was come see him like he wanted.  Brady is a great QB but has won 0 SBs since the Pats were caught cheating.  

Kimmie T.
Kimmie T.

I  AM A DIE HARD 9ERS FAN!!! I am in no way a Seahawks fan... but boy am I a fan of his.  Husky23...the man was slighted and college doesn't in any way weigh on how people play in the pros.  He obviously is amazing in the pros.  I respect that... apparently you didn't know (in college and high school) in his environment. I guess I get it because I had to do the same, but in another California City. He graduated with a 4.2 GPA.  He proves life is more than your surroundings or Football.  In my eyes, many, many people are drafted lower, guess what means nothing.  Many are drafted high and do not a damn thing... Yes, I agree he does pick a few fights, I think he will grow and taunt those that do the same to him. If, not who cares... GROW SOME!!! 


His free time is spent telling teens, dreams are possible, he is accomplishing his.... Now, seriously what is more important!!!!

ROFLQUEST
ROFLQUEST

@Husky23 I think guys sometimes manufacture that feeling to keep themselves hungry.  All of these guys - Hines Ward... Rodney Harrison... all talk about keeping that chip on their shoulder even though it was all in their heads.

BrianBecker
BrianBecker

@Husky23 If you grew up in Compton, you'd probably have a chip on your shoulder too.  Let him play - let's see if he can back it up.  I love what he brings to the game.

csuwldcat
csuwldcat

@Buddy1 "Seahawks fans [...] seem to suddenly think they're gonna be the team to beat in the NFC." Fast-forward just 2 months --> The 49ers (the presumed team to beat in the NFC) get crushed - nay, eviscerated - by the Seahawks by a score of 29-3, and as a result the Seahawks are declared to be the "team to beat in the NFC" by almost every sports outlet on the planet. This is priceless, it's as if the phrase "egg on your face" was invented for this very moment. 

Ilovemesomeme
Ilovemesomeme

@Buddy1 I agree...........it takes a real idiot to lose a debate to Skip Bayless.  It takes a brainless retard to lose a debate to Skip Bayless and claim you won.  LOL.  Sherman if schmuck.

ColinProctor
ColinProctor

@ChrisMarcos I don't understand why everyone talks about the Roddy White TD pass (assuming that's what you're talking about). Roddy was Kam's responsibility on that play and he blew his assignment (it happens) to give help on the WO up top. If Sherman had caught him, we'd all be talking about his make up speed. He almost did.

DustinRoy
DustinRoy

Brady's line would have been better if they actually won the game.

Starstruck
Starstruck

@Ilovemesomeme Sherman is so terrifying that he scared Percy Harvin into a hip injury so he didn't have to practice against him.

DustinRoy
DustinRoy

No complex, we just think it is B.S. that people focus on only 1 paragraph of this article and pass off the rest of the article, where he goes into his background. Why he plays the way he does, and why he believes he is the best. So what if he thinks he is the best.. dont most pros? just because he voices his opinion when others dont doenst make him wrong.. and if yall dont like it then dont read about it.. simple as that. its funny cuz people who say he made this article about Brady, but the truth is y'all did.

Ilovemesomeme
Ilovemesomeme

@Kaultar @jzty The Seahawks have won 0 SB's in their entire existence.  What does that have to do with anything? 

Husky23
Husky23

@BrianBecker @Husky23 

The stuff I am talking about has nothing to do with "the game" or being entertaining on the field.   It is off the field stuff. Revis is a great player who is injured and Sherman is dissing him?   BayIess is a piece of work, but that interview was not cool at all.  I am a Hawks fan, but Sherman needs to show a little class. Sherman is smart guy from a good family.  He knows better. Take a page from Russell Wilson.            

ChrisMarcos
ChrisMarcos

@DustinRoy in hindsight, maybe, but at the time it was delivered, it was perfect . . . a verbal KO

Ilovemesomeme
Ilovemesomeme

@DustinRoy I read the whole thing.  I think he's a good player.  I don't have a problem with him thinking that either.  I just disagree.  If he's allowed to have an opinion shouldn't the rest of us be allowed to have one as well?  The fan base just come across as whiny..............."WHY DON'T YOU LIKE OUR PLAYER????"  People don't like him for many reasons, which you can tell from the various comments made under this article.  The failed drug test, the incessant flapping of the gums, etc.  No reason to get emotionally distraught over it.

csuwldcat
csuwldcat

@Ilovemesomeme@Kaultar@jztyif you apply game theory and accounted for strength of schedule, injuries, and variation in divisional playoff win thresholds, etc, Super Bowls are a terrible measure of "what a player has accomplished". Basically, the fact you are even comparing a team's performance and the random occurrences that lead up to it (winning a game, Super Bowl), to a player's aggregated measure of performance over time, is asinine and unintelligent --> player stats, and player stats alone, are the only statistically relevant measure of an individual's accomplishments. Period.

beltre1996
beltre1996

@Husky23 @BrianBecker You know he's competitive, yet question why he'll diss after people claim that certain person is better than him. Then bayless talks trash and you expect him to not talk back? If bayless' feelings were hurt from that then sherman won that battle, sometimes when people talk trash you just shut them down and that's what happened.

Ladyblahblah
Ladyblahblah

@Husky23 @BrianBecker

That interview was funny as hell.  "I'm better at life than YOU."  Dude talked smack about Sherman and he talked back.  Not every guy in the league needs to be clean cut and down on one knee every five minutes.  Sounds like you're telling him that he needs to know his place.  Or maybe it's just typical Seattle passive-aggressive BS.

ColinProctor
ColinProctor

@Ilovemesomeme @BigSchtick troll - Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtrl//ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people,[1] by posting inflammatory,[2]extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog), either accidentally[3][4] or with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[5] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.[6]

That one's on the house, you might also look up the definition of "whining" since you can't seem to grasp that one either. I'm done feeding you. You seriously need to get a life.

Ilovemesomeme
Ilovemesomeme

@BigSchtick @Ilovemesomeme I'd move on but I keep getting email notifications that people have replied to me.  Again, not quite sure what a "troll" is, but you seem to be pretty upset over something that's pretty trivial.  Take a deep breath and regroup.  This isn't as serious as you seem to be taking it. 

BigSchtick
BigSchtick

@Ilovemesomeme 

You are a TROLL. Have an opinion and move on. Maybe restate it twice. How many posts have you made on Sherman and this article? You call out fans that defend him or like him as Whiny? You are not discussing anything. You are a judgmental Sherman hater, plain and simple.

Don't you have better things to do?

Ilovemesomeme
Ilovemesomeme

@ColinProctor @Ilovemesomeme I didn't label an entire fan base, as I stated, my comment was based upon the whining that I read in this comments section (example: all of your posts).  MMQB is a national site that covers the NFL as a whole.  If you are unable to handle differing opinions on your team and its players, without melting down emotionally you may want to just read the article and refrain from making comments.  The anti Sherman sentiment may be parroted, but it certainly isn't idiocy.  Some people don't like players who fail PED tests (which has everything to do with the sport he plays) and his penchant for gum flapping (again something that he does while playing the sport he plays).  You should stop sucking your thumb in public, it's not a good look.

ColinProctor
ColinProctor

@Ilovemesomeme ok guy, just go plastering a whole fan base with a label like inferiority complex. I'm just calling it like I see it. I personally don't run around in articles about other teams running my mouth about their fan bases. But hey, you just keep it classy. You were either drunk when you started posting and are now changing you tune, or you're bi-polar. I enjoy talking about sports as well, but most of the anti-Sherman sentiment is parroted idiocy and personal opinion having nothing to do with sports.

Ilovemesomeme
Ilovemesomeme

@ColinProctor @Ilovemesomeme I'm not quite sure what you mean by "troll."   I've always enjoyed discussing anything related to football.  Not quite sure why you're so sensitive, which is what prompted my original comment.

ColinProctor
ColinProctor

@Ilovemesomeme Where's the debate? You come into an article by a loudmouth Seahawks player and call out all the Seahawks fans while fashioning your user name off of one of the NFL's biggest loudmouths? Your switch to wanting rational conversation is completely overshadowed by the fact that you're just being a huge troll.

Ilovemesomeme
Ilovemesomeme

@DustinRoy I have no problem with the trash talk.  That being said, why is Sherman crying about the "disrespect" Brady gave him when it was his own teammate that started the disrespect to begin with?  I don't particularly like Brady, but he's certainly earned far more respect in the league than Sherman has, and ever will.  Had you taken me seriously I'd have had something to worry about.  As is I'll just continue to read your tired responses. 

DustinRoy
DustinRoy

Pointless to talk to someone who can't count.. 14 paragraph article and you still refuse to let go of less than 15% of the entire thing. If you could recall I said trash talk is part of the game.. Never faulting either party, and neither did sherm. he explained his actions and thats it, he cant control that you will focus on the only negative part of the artilce, and blow it out of proportion.. but you just can't let it go haha your golden boy Brady can do no wrong lol but please continue to show off your low IQ with pointless posts, and weightless insults towards a loyal fan base.. Sorry your team is not interesting enough to follow, that you have to blast on ours.. Cut back on the hatorade please. Or at least back your point up with facts not speculation and insults n maybe you'll be taken seriously.

Ilovemesomeme
Ilovemesomeme

@DustinRoy You're correct in saying nobody asked me why I don't like Sherman.  It just seems that most of the Seahawks fans here seem shocked that fans of other teams aren't particularly enamored with a player who was caught cheating, and doesn't quite flapping his gums.  I enjoyed reading about football, and I enjoyed reading this article.  We should really reserve the word "hate" for something more.  If anything I'm just chatting with you and pointing out how contradictory the guy seems to be.  Funny you mention your last sentence........based on this article isn't that what Sherman was wanting Brady to do? 

DustinRoy
DustinRoy

I don't believe I'm distraught, you are the one using caps. Im just expressing my opinion, and responding.. but I never said you were not allowed to so don't put word in my mouth, am nor did anyone ask why dot you like our player. If y'all don't like him so much then don't feed into it, or read the article In the first place.. Like I've said don't project hate, if you don't want someone to say something about it. So we are Whitney because we actually have a voice, opinion, and are not afraid to share it? Seems like your perception is off. Guess to you it would be better if we just let the punches roll without throwing a few back.

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