Richard Sherman: My Hero

Inspirational, Life

Last night’s NFC Championship game provided for a nice bit of entertainment. It started a little slow, but some big plays, bigger hits, and great catches made it a fun game to watch.

And then, there was Richard Sherman.

If you don’t know football (I really don’t), Richard Sherman is a defensive back for the Seattle Seahawks. He’s regarded as one of the best in the game, and is the star of the Seattle secondary.

Sherman came up big in the last play of the game, forcing an interception by tipping a ball heaved to the end zone. Essentially, his defense allowed the Seahawks to halt the driving 49ers.

Of course, after the game was over, Richard was interviewed by one of the lovely sports reporters on the field

He was, let’s say, a little hyped.

If you didn’t hear about this masterful nugget of speech, here it is.

Inspirational, if nothing else.

I know, you’re probably saying, “That guy seems like a total arse.” And you may or may not be correct. But there is something about Richard Sherman that I think we can all learn from.

You have to believe you’re the best at what you do.

Sherman is a great player. He’s proved that with his on-field performance. But there’s something that sets him apart from the loads of other great defensive backs that play in the NFL.

Sherman believes, with all his heart, that he is the best in the game.

There isn’t a doubt in his mind that he isn’t better than anyone who lines up across from him. He knows there isn’t anyone who can beat him, and there isn’t any play he can’t make. He’s super-skilled, and he’s absolutely aware of it. That’s what makes him so dangerous.

Yes, there is a fine line between cocky and confident. I’m not gonna say that Sherman didn’t tip-toe that line, if not take a leap over it, but his confidence is still something that we can look at and learn from.

He made the big play when it counted. If he wasn’t there to tip that ball, it very well could have been caught. The sports news would look much different today if Sherman wasn’t there to defend.

Why did he make the play? Because he knew he could.

Apply this to anything in your life. Taking a test, writing a report, presenting a project, or being interviewed for a job. You have to be confident in yourself to do well at any of this stuff. You have to believe you’re the best at what you’re doing. If you don’t, you’re gonna suck. Also, no one’s gonna give a shit about you sucking.

All you have to do is tell yourself “I know I can do this.” Remind yourself of your awesomeness. That will come through in whatever you’re trying to accomplish.

As one of my good friends once told me, confidence is key. You have to believe in your skills and talents. If you don’t, no one will.

What Richard Sherman is really trying to tell us is very simple; believe you’re the best. Then be the best.

Thank you, Richard Sherman, for showing me the light. I can only hope to be like you in every facet of my life *insert semi-sarcastic grin*

Not on my side? Disagree, perhaps? Well, there’s a little comment box right below this post where you can voice your opinion. I’d be more than happy to engage in a battle of wits to settle any argument that you may present. Comment, if you dare.

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This post was inspired by one of my roommates who saw Sherman’s potential when everyone else was calling him curse words

8 thoughts on “Richard Sherman: My Hero

  1. Read all your stuff and its great, but I seriously part ways with you on this one, man. We can’t learn anything from Richard Sherman other than how to be an ignorant thug who cares more about shining the spotlight on himself rather than his team. People who are the best at what they do, don’t have to talk about it. They don’t go around thumping their chests. Whatever arena they excel in – be it the football field, the baseball diamond, the courtroom, or the corporate suite – they let their actions speak for themselves. They usually have another trait that Sherman clearly lacks: humility. I doubt he even knows what it means and probably couldn’t spell it either. You’re obviously someone who’s participated in athletics at a high level and achieved at least one magnificent victory (“Brothers” was awesome, by the way). I’m sure along the way, you suffered some crushing defeats as well. Would you have thought it appropriate for your opponent to mock you or refer to you as “mediocre” after one of those defeats? Trash talking during a game is one thing – we’ve all done that. Disparaging your opponent after its over is another – I don’t care how good you are or think you are. My advice to Sherman is a quote from End Kwote: “Don’t be an ass.”

    1. Thanks for the comment. I appreciate your viewpoint. I wouldn’t call Sherman a thug, though. All that stuff about him being illiterate and selfish is just wrong. You would have known that if you watched Sherman’s subsequent press conferences. He’s very well spoken and he didn’t mention himself once. He actually couldn’t stop talking about his team. Also, if you would have dug a bit, you would have found out that the receiver he called out actually initiated that conflict long before.

      Was he a little boisterous? Sure. Did he tip-toe the line, if not take a step over? Yeah, maybe. But I’m not gonna blame him for being hyped after a play that took his team to the Super Bowl.

      Again, thanks for the comment, but you were hasty in your judgment of Sherman.

  2. you drew inspiration from sherman’s mentality that he is the best to write quite the inspirational article yourself. This was a really cool perspective. I actually am a football fan and an inspirational thinker but could never have put these two together. AWESOME article ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Good reminder, though I would say anyone who gets worked up over this should remember this is an NFL player. He gets paid major money to play football and has probably been pursued most of his life toward this career. It is rare when the known players don’t have egos (or so it seems, unfortunately). Plus it was an awesome play in the game.

    1. Very true. He’s known to be sort of flamboyant. But, what do you really expect from someone who literally just made a play that sent his team to the super bowl? He gave raw, real emotion, an that’s better than a boring, flat interview. Good insight, and thanks for the read

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