Yesterday, I tweeted out Mike Silver's feature on Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. If you haven't seen it yet, it is a very interesting read with a good back story on why Sherman plays the way he does.
We have all heard Sherman say it before: He plays with a monumental chip on his shoulder and will use any type of motivation possible to keep that chip as big as possible. It all stems back to April of 2011, when player after player was drafted in front of him. Here is what he told Silver:
Some of those guys who got drafted [ahead of me], I was like, 'Wow, this is ridiculous.' I thought, 'What's the point of playing good ball if it doesn't matter?' By the time the fifth round rolled around, the damage was done. I was like, 'When I get to the NFL, I'm gonna destroy the league, as soon as they give me the chance.' And that's what I've been doing ever since.
Destroying the league is exactly what he has done. In 29 games, Sherman has managed to intercept 10 passes, force four fumbles and score one defensive touchdown. Not to mention, opposing quarterbacks have a quarterback rating of 48.7 against him.
He is becoming a great player at a very fast pace, but does he have what it takes to become that greatest of all time?
"I want to be the best, period," says Sherman, the 34th defensive back chosen in the 2011 draft. "A lot of people don't think it's possible, because how could a fifth-rounder be the best of all time? But that's what I want to be. Where you get drafted is such a big deal in the league, respect-wise, and that's why it still frustrates me."
It's a little soon to be making proclamations about being the best cornerback to ever play the game. Still, one thing is for sure: It will fun to watch him and a young Seahawks secondary continue to grow. Pete Carroll and Gus Bradley have done a great job of transforming an old, aging defense under Jim Mora into a young, vibrant defense that has sky-high potential.
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