Why Everyone Should Respect Richard Sherman

Why Everyone Should Respect Richard Sherman
We are smack in the middle of football season! Crisp mornings. Leaves burnished red and gold. A little bit of fog. Here in the Pacific Northwest, a log of sog. It's the perfectly lovely football time of year in Seattle. Donning my blue attire on Fridays, Husky Purple on Saturdays and on Sundays soaking up all the Seahawks and their righteous leader Pete Carroll have to offer is pretty golden on our corner of the US.

I recently read an article by Seahawk Cornerback Richard Sherman. Not only is he a talented contributor to our Legion of Boom defensive line, Mr. Sherman is a very insightful and articulate human being. More than this, he's much more humble than what is reflected in his on-field persona. Sports fans witness the excitement, focus and at times irritation of our beloved #25. In his article, "How We Play Football in Seattle," I discovered Richard Sherman's mantra, "It's more than me". He is a man who is just as interested in the individual success of his teammates as he is in dominating the defensive field. Sometimes it's easy to misunderstand a dynamic personality who is also a very gifted athlete. There are many valuable nuggets we can glean from this outspoken yet erudite football player.

I encourage you to read the article. While you may gather insight about our mighty Seahawk reign, (and a picture by my dear friend Rod Mar), mountains of other information can be gleaned. Building others up. Recognizing the greatness of your fellow teammates. Why team work matters. It's all there.

Moreover, Mr. Sherman muses the reason we as Americans love the game. It's not the antics viewed in the beer commercials. The banter of the commentators and the height of the cheerleading skirts don't hold the attention of the average football fan either. We love to experience how 11 players can orchestrate intricate moves filled with precision as one fluid group. Pete Carrol's unconventional coaching style and why our city, no - our state, can love a man who conducts this orchestra of players so precisely is celebrated. Most, though, reading Richard Sherman's article ignites the spirit we can all have in recognizing the greatness in others and celebrating it. There's nothing corny in acknowledging how someone else is amazing. That' how successful teams succeed - by telling your mates how well they perform and knowing their expertise doesn't take away from your hard work or dedication to the team. It makes you work harder for the sake of shared success.

That's teamwork

That's greatness

That's legacy

That our Seattle Seahawks

That can be your legacy, greatness and success as well.

Go Hawks

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