Richard Sherman was the story of the year in the NFL due to his powerful interviews and strong words. Some people have even come to label Richard Sherman a “thug”. However, when you take a step back and look at his life and current playing abilities you might think differently. Richard Sherman grew up on the mean streets of Compton with two hard working parents, this installed the fantastic work ethic in him at an early age. Richard Sherman scored a 1400 on the SAT and eventually went off to Stanford University where he graduated with a masters degree in Communications. He also finished his college career with a 3.9 GPA. Sherman was then drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL Draft. In 2014, the Seahawks beat the 49ers in the NFC Championship resulting from Richard Sherman’s incredible pass deflection which his teammate then intercepted. However, Sherman’s words seemed to overshadow his play. During his post game interview Sherman called Michael Crabtree, the man he defended, a sorry receiver. Sherman also called himself the best cornerback in the NFL. This stirred up the media and led people to call him a “thug”. The only thing is, if you look at the film it shows Sherman trying to tell Crabtree good game, Crabtree then punched Sherman in the face, triggering his anger. Richard Sherman and the Seahawks went on to destroy the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XVIII. So with all the evidence put forth, do you think that a man from humble beginnings turned division 1 scholar/athlete, NFL draft pick, a helping hand to the community, arguably the top cornerback in the league, and Super Bowl champion is a thug? My answer is definitely not. This man is role model for everyone and we would all be lucky to be half of the man Richard Sherman is.