‘Intelligence, Understanding and the Guys Around Me’

That’s what Richard Sherman says are the keys to his success on the field. Before the big blow-up, Peter King sat down with the Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback (and columnist for The MMQB) to find out what makes him tick

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29 comments
Ilovemesomeme
Ilovemesomeme

It's kind of scary how much some of the people commenting here know about Sherman.  What classes he took in college?  What his SAT scores were, etc.  I have feeling I'm going to see of you on the ID channel in the near future. 


Stop stalking the man.  Geez.....................

mystafugee
mystafugee

Peter King sure loves getting down on his knees for Roger Goodell or Richard Sherman.  

HaroldPritchard
HaroldPritchard

PK is losing all his credibility of being an impartial sports writer by supporting this thug. Yea, he has some good points like attending Stanford, but he gave that all away when he ranted his mouth. Come on Peter, you can do a lot better than this guy.

TruthSeeker12
TruthSeeker12

Have you heard about the new Wine coming out of the San Francisco area it's called 49ers Whine.  It doesn't travel well and can not be shaken.  It is produced by a bunch of very poor sportsman and very poor losers.  Before exporting this Whine the vintners should take a look a cleaning up their own house first.  49ers players, especially their QB, are turning into cheap imitations of WWF wrestlers by acting like clowns, thugs and jerks.  The drinkers of this whine think a loss gives the right to overlook their own transgressions, call others names and otherwise act like the worst group of sportsman I've ever seen (of course this is CA Whine).  If you are looking for folks who project the image of no class, poor sportsman and hypocrites just look in the mirror and at your own team.  Get your own Whine purified before you try to pass it off on the rest of us.

TruthSeeker12
TruthSeeker12

So I need some help from the NFL figuring this one out.  Sherman gets fined for a gesture and the 49ers get nothing when one of their personnel elbows Lane when he went out of bonds on their side of the field.  What does this say about fairness toward Seattle by the NFL? It says they are biased against Seattle.  Okay all you 9ers fans pile on and tell me how fair it was for one of your personnel to elbow the Seattle player or if you can justify it go ahead and give yourself a check mark in the hypocrite column and one in the non-sportsman column.

destrusdominate
destrusdominate

Please stop giving this guy his 15 minutes of fame. We'll forget his name by next year.

Jon8
Jon8

I see Sherman is still dating the Head Cheerleader!!

Mark20
Mark20

Sherman is King's new man crush. Now that Favre is gone, he's been looking for one for quite awhile now.

ScottBehson
ScottBehson

Please, Peter, stop apologizing for Sherman. I know he got you the most eyeballs on MMBQ than you ever had, but enough. geez.

slickwilly
slickwilly

Sherman isn't a thug, but you can't really blame people for thinking that when 98.53% of NFL players are thugs. Names that immediately jump to mind are Pacman Jones, Rolando McClain, Michael Vick, Aaron Hernandez, and Richie Incognito. Going to Stanford doesn't prove anything.

Kenny2Thorough
Kenny2Thorough

@HaroldPritchardI honor your right to that opinion but I respectfully disagree. 


My reasons may seem a bit peculiar at first but hear me out. There's research that show that a male human's testosterone level can both raise and lower when he hears the sound of a crying baby depending on the circumstance. The study used a life like toy baby which made realist crying sounds.


In one part experiment male humans had to shush the human like toy baby by holding it and rocking it in an effort to get it to stop crying. Their testosterone levels where lower than normal when they were measured shortly after his nurturing efforts. Scientist speculate that the lower testosterone levels may help males act more gentle towards babies.


In another part of the experiment male humans had to listen to the sounds of a crying baby in the room next door but they were told not to tend to the baby. Their testosterone levels where raised higher than normal when they were measured shortly after. It's speculated that a fight or flight response was triggered because the males didn't know why the baby was crying. Their raised testosterone levels would've aided in a hostile encounter if they needed to defend the baby from attack. 


Here's a link to an article about the crying baby study:

http://www.livescience.com/17461-baby-cries-increase-testosterone.html


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To be an effective football player on an NFL level, each player must find his own way to trigger endocrine responses that best suits the duties required for their particular position. If we take a closer look at Richard's early childhood then it may give us better insight for our attempts to psychoanalyze his character.


Here's a snippet from an article about Richard's youth:

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When he was younger, Branton would invite friends over just to listen to [Richard] talk. There he would sit, promising that he would score five touchdowns or force a fumble or have three interceptions.

“He would be going so fast, and so loud, and with such confidence, that my mom would be like, Branton, can you tell your little brother to shut up?” Branton Sherman said. 



In this snippet his high school coach discusses the effects of not trash talking:

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Sometimes, Sherman’s brashness grew distracting, but when Donerson tried stifling him, his performance suffered.

“He moped around like a dog that’s been kicked,” Donerson said.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/26/sports/football/seahawks-richard-sherman-is-much-more-than-just-talk.html?_r=0


It seems that since early childhood that Richard has been able to use trash talking as a way to effectively trigger his endocrine system to synthesize hormones at levels that are optimum for athletic performance relating to his duties as a football player. It could be possible that if he doesn't trash talk then it could inhibit his performance.


Most players trash talk but it's extremely rare for a player to express their emotions in the moment of jubilation without filter during an interview. 


But Sherman isn't the only player who get's emotional. In this video Tom Brady chased down a referee and unleashed a profanity laced rant. Sherman didn't use any foul language. Would you put Brady in the same thug category?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzGV06OKZTk

BigSchtick
BigSchtick

@ScottBehson Hmm. Where is the apology you speak of? I would ask you to learn to read but heck, this is a video.

PaulMaggard
PaulMaggard

@slickwilly ya cause he steps on players hands and heads while they are on the ground like the Lions guy does right that is a thug if you ask me talking some smack talk is no way or shape near as bad as stepping on or kicking some one or taking out a player by cheap shots like Welker did against the pats or like the saints did against the Hawks so please enough with the uneducated moronic posts Sherman is a great athlete a great person on and off the field everyone talks smack it's part of the game did he use vulgar lang while doing his trash talk nope sure didn't so go watch golf if you don't wanna see trash talk

JBub
JBub

@slickwilly Gee, I can see the 98, but where did you get the .53? If you are going to do the statistics at least get the math right.

MitchellEcland
MitchellEcland

@slickwilly 

Just going to Stanford doesn't prove anything, but a 3.9 GPA does. 

And that's not a number I just made up, like your 98.53%

Yes there are lots of "thugs" in the NFL, but not that many.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Kenny2Thorough @HaroldPritchard The difference between Sherman and Brady is that Brady is genuine.  Sherman is just an act (which people who don't seem to understand it call him a thug or just say he's emotional).  

Dutch2000
Dutch2000

@MitchellEcland @slickwilly 3.9 GPA doesn't prove anything either when you're talking about athletes. They take classes that no one else can take. I suppose, theoretically, that I could have taken Geology 101 (aka Rocks for Jocks), but it was always mysteriously full...all males and all appeared to be doing PEDs from the looks of them. And even if they stumbled into a real class, cheating in class is a small step for those already cheating with the pharmaceuticals. That's the reality of big-time college athletics and it has been for decades. That doesn't make them thugs, but they're nothing deserving of respect either.

Kenny2Thorough
Kenny2Thorough

@el-cid@Kenny2Thorough@Dutch2000@MitchellEcland@slickwilly  

I'm overtly pro Sherman so I can understand your inclination to think that I'd cherry pick biased sources to quote.


Checkout what Rush Limbaugh had to say about Sherman. He did his own research and he has no incentive to be biased in Sherman's favor. Rush doesn't have a reputation of supporting liberal media agendas. 


Here's a snippet from Limbaugh's transcript:


He went to Stanford, went to class, graduated, is extremely well spoken, well written, and I frankly think as I go out on a limb here, I don't want to put pressure on people that they perhaps don't want themselves.  He would be an ideal role model for young people of all races, simply because of his work ethic, because of his achievements and accomplishments.  That's why this thing last night that he did was really out of character, in a sense. 

Now, it was also real, and it happened.  I think I can probably explain it in terms of ego, which I took a stab at earlier so I don't want to cover old ground.  But if you search this guy, find some things on him at YouTube, find some things that he's said, done, written, so forth, you'll agree with me.  He, I think, has a lot to offer in that regard.  But, again, he may not have any desire to do that, either, so I'm not trying to put any pressure on him whatsoever.  Put it this way.  He studies the game every bit as much as Peyton Manning does, his facet of it.  His assessment of other players and how he studies other cornerbacks and competes against them is -- if you're a fan of football, it's fascinating stuff.

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2014/01/20/richard_sherman_is_a_smart_guy

el-cid
el-cid

@Kenny2Thorough @Dutch2000 @MitchellEcland @slickwilly Blah, blah…you may be right but since you're cherry-picking sources people will still have doubts.  You can't read a puff-piece and then say that because it's all positive then the dude must be okay.  Also, sponsoring a charity doesn't necessarily have any bearing on people's view of Sherman's antics.  

Kenny2Thorough
Kenny2Thorough

@Dutch2000@MitchellEcland@slickwilly Sherman took honors classes in high school. You have to take advanced placement test just to get into those classes. He also graduated with a 4.2 GPA. How do you explain that? 

Sherman also encouraged his fellow high school classmates and teammates to perform better academically. He also founded a charity that provides school supplies to needy children. If he's the dumb @ ss that you're claiming he is than how do you explain his sphere of positive academic influence?


Here's a clip from an article about it:

Here's a link about Sherman's Blanket Coverage foundation:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=484627308309748&set=a.430162320422914.1073741835.390403371065476&type=1&stream_ref=10

PaulMaggard
PaulMaggard

@Dutch2000 @MitchellEcland @slickwilly ya cause they just hand out masters degrees for all the college athletes right your statement made you a moron cause if that were the case then all of the pro foot ball players would have masters degrees and not just very few like they do have now 

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