At his peak, Richard Sherman was the best cornerback in the league. He was the crown jewel of the elite Legion of Boom defensive unit that the Seattle Seahawks boasted through the mid-2010s. As Sherman has aged and transitioned into a career outside of playing in the NFL, he recently shared a story of when he knew it was his time to hang up the cleats.
In a podcast interview, Sherman was quoted as saying, “DeVonta must’ve run this cornerback. I had him under control, I was like, bam, quick jam, easy, had him under control. He must’ve stopped and I tried to stop and my whole groin said, “Snap, snap, snap, snap” and I said, “Whoa, whoa”. Then you’re trying to guard and chasing him around and you’re like please don’t throw him the ball, please. My coach is looking at me on the sideline like, “Hey, you wanna come out, you wanna come out?” I’m like, “Yeah but they’re in a hurry-up” so I’m like bailing out. At that moment I was like yeah, this is probably my last year. I don’t got it for these young dudes right here”.
After the groin injury that Sherman suffered attempting to guard Smith, he would miss around two months and would be able to rejoin the Tampa Bay Buccaneers late in the season. However, he would not play again after that season, making a graceful exit from the league and not overstaying his welcome.
While Sherman’s NFL career did not end on the brightest note, it still does not take away from the Hall of Fame caliber career that he put together. After being the 154th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Sherman would prove that he belonged in the league and go on to be one of the best corners of his generation.
In his eleven years in the league, he would play for the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In that time, he would make the Pro Bowl five times, the All-Pro team three times, and was named to the Hall of Fame All-2010s Team. Along with this, he would win a Super Bowl with the Seahawks in the 2013 season over the Denver Broncos by a final score of 43-8. At the time of his retirement, Sherman would rack up 37 interceptions, three pick-sixes, five forced fumbles, 495 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 3 QB hits.
It is only a matter of time until Sherman is enshrined in Canton, Ohio in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was a generational talent and a part of one of the most skilled defensive units that the game has ever seen.
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