What Richard Sherman Taught Us

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What Richard Sherman Taught Us About America | Isaac Saul

<"I'm the best corner[back] in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that's the result you going to get."
--Richard Sherman

That's the quote that got America talking.

The man behind it was Seattle Seahawks all-pro defensive back Richard Sherman, a guy whose mouth is about the only thing louder than his game.

In the moments after Sherman's post-game interview, Twitter exploded. People called him everything from a "thug" to a "disgrace," and even Justin Verlander - a professional pitcher for the Detroit Tigers - suggested that Sherman would get "high and tight" fastballs if he were in the MLB. On top of that, tweets and memes like the one below spread like wildfire.


#Truth I can't stand him!! The reason why I hate the Seahawks! pic.twitter.com/2IECYsANaT
-- Kelly Michelle (@kelly_MichelleJ) January 20, 2014
2014-01-21-shermanmeme.jpglarge

But from my perspective, the heat Sherman is getting is not just misguided but ludicrous. This is a guy who represents one of the best kinds of sports stories there is in the world: the rise from the bottom, the profound destruction of obstacles, the honest success story built by a foundation of hard work and loving parents. If anyone with a brain took the time to learn about Richard Sherman, and then put him in the context of the rest of the National Football League, he'd be a pretty hard guy to bash.

Firstly, we're talking about a 25-year-old who came out of the streets of Compton, California. Sherman graduated from one of the worst school districts in the United States, one that boasts a high-school graduation rate of 57 percent. In a country where 68 percent of all federal and state inmates are lacking a high school diploma, you could say Sherman avoided a horrifying fate. But to say he "got lucky" or "escaped" would be foolhardy. He didn't "just graduate," either. He finished with a 4.2 GPA, second in his class, and went on to Stanford University, one of the most prestigious places to get an education in the entire world. He busted out in a rocket ship. He went from a world of gang violence and drugs to everything that Palo Alto and Stanford University represent.

And where did Mr. Sherman get the work ethic to put up those grades and make it to a school that offers that kind of education? Probably from his father, Kevin, who has worked in the sanitation department for Los Angeles for more than thirty years. But you won't see that on Sherman's stat sheet, and you definitely won't hear about it when ESPN analysts comment on his post-game interview today. Most interesting, though, is that Sherman's story isn't a big secret. NFL Films has even done a short documentary on "the trash-talking cornerback.">
 
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So what the article is saying is : Sherman is forgiven for being an arrogant ass on National TV because, well, he has a compelling personal story.

:cuckoo:
 
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haven't read it closely--posted on my fb page. read a bit.

I'll get back to you.
 

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What crossed my mind when I saw it live was, "Steroids".
 

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Rumor is Richard Sherman will be giving the GOP rebuttal to Obama's State of the Union speech....


...sort of....
 

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Rumor is Richard Sherman will be giving the GOP rebuttal to Obama's State of the Union speech....


...sort of....
Rebuttal? Why give a rebuttal?

Obama doesn't merit a rebuttal.

His record IS a rebuttal.

He is the best thing to happen to the conservative/libertarian movement since Jimmy Carter.
 

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