Richard Sherman has been dominating the gridiron since high school, bringing his talent to Stanford University and continuing today as the Seattle Seahawks’s cornerback. Sherman got his start at Dominguez High School in Compton, California. In his senior year he not only brought home the CIF Southern Section Division III title, but he also was responsible for 1,030 all-purpose yards, including 870 yards on catches, and three punt returns. Despite his athletic success, Sherman made time for his studies, graduating as salutatorian of his class.
Choosing to stay in California for college, he headed north to Stanford University as a wide receiver in 2006. He earned the Freshman All-American title his first year with the Cardinals. After successfully catching 47 passes, Sherman suffered a season-ending injury and he was forced to change positions to cornerback for his final two seasons. He was a member of the 2010 team that finished 12 – 1, a school record, and Sherman contributed 112 tackles and 6 interceptions. While at Stanford, Sherman was also a member of the track team, earning the California state title for triple jump.
In 2011, Sherman was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 5th round. In his rookie season, he completed 16 passes defended, four interceptions and 55 tackles. The following year, he made 61 tackles, seven interceptions and forced three fumbles.
In the 2013-2014 season, Sherman was as a member of the “Legion of Boom,” the defensive line of Seahawk players responsible for allowing the fewest passing yards in the league. He completed 8 interceptions and was named to the 2013 Pro Bowl and NFL All-Pro First Team. The Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in the 2014 Super Bowl Championship in early February. That same year, he was named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People.”
Sherman’s legacy on the field continued in his fourth season. He finished the season with 57 tackles, 4 interceptions, and 8 passes defensed and he was named to the Pro Bowl team and the All-Pro First Team. Again, the Seahawks travelled to the Super Bowl, however they fell to the New England Patriots in a 28-24 loss.
Off the field, Sherman writes a weekly column, “In This Corner,” for Sports Illustrated’s “MMQB with Peter King.” In 2014, he launched the word game app Letters of Boom, saying, “you should want to be powerful in all aspects of your life. It would be fantastic to attract a crowd of kids who are mainly into sports, and get them to fall in love with books and reading.”
Sherman is also dedicated to giving back. He founded Blanket Coverage, a nonprofit organization aiming to donate school supplies and clothes to needy children.
Sherman splits his time between Seattle and Los Angeles.