Of the many faces representing the league today, Richard Sherman is probably its most vocal. It’s not that he’s attracted to the limelight or that he boasts some kind of savior complex that he feels he must fulfill. Sherman knows that as a leader, he has a responsibility to his peers and doesn’t shy away from it.
His role as a leader has invited both criticism and praise, but those who see past the trash talk and bravado see him as one of modern football’s greatest ambassadors — a natural born leader every team wishes they had on their side. Scroll through this list if you don’t agree.
Sherman coaching up rookies
— Tony Softli (@SoftliSEA) August 1, 2017
Despite all the offseason hoopla regarding Sherman’s future with the Seahawks, the embattled cornerback continues to put his team first in training camp as he works with young rookies — specifically fellow defensive back Shaquill Griffin. Since the beginning of OTAs, Sherman has been schooling Griffin on how to watch film and improve his footwork, sharing tips the rookie would have never learned otherwise.
He’s hard on his opponents in practice
Sherman’s balls to the wall style of practicing has invited lots of criticism from people who feel he sometimes takes it too far. But in a lot of ways, it has made his teammates on the other side of the ball better. He doesn’t let up because, on gameday, the opponents won’t let up either.
Becoming a parent made him a better leader
Sherman is the father of two. At this stage of his career, Sherman says being both the best parent and football player is one of the hardest things he’s had to do. His kids, he says, have taught him patience he never knew he had.
Sherman always puts the team first
When Sherman began his college football career at Stanford he was a wide receiver, and a pretty good one at that. After a serious knee injury sidelined him for a season, Sherman’s spot was no longer there for him when he returned. Instead, the team wanted to try him at cornerback, a position he hadn’t played competitively since high school. Being the team spirited man that he, Sherman obliged.