Richard Sherman
Sherman in the 2012 preseason.
No. 25     Seattle Seahawks
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-03-30) March 30, 1988 (age 32)
Place of birth: Compton, California
High School: Compton (CA) Dominguez
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
College: Stanford
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 5 / Pick: 154
Debuted in 2011 for the Seattle Seahawks
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Tackles     119
Interceptions     12
Sacks     1.0
Forced Fumbles     4

Richard Sherman (born March 30, 1988), nicknamed Optimus Prime, is an American football cornerback with the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He was selected by the Seahawks in the fifth round (154th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. Sherman played college football at Stanford, playing both wide receiver and cornerback for the Cardinal.[1]

High school careerEdit

He attended Dominguez High School in Compton, California, where he starred in football and track and field. In 2006 he led his team to a Championship win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 41-14. In his senior season he had an average of 30 yards per catch on 28 catches with 14 touchdowns. He was also named a USA Today All-American in track and field after winning the California state title in the triple jump with a mark of 50 feet, 8 inches. He also had personal bests of 13.99 seconds in the 110 meter hurdles, 10.77 in the 100 meter sprint, and 23 feet, 8 inches in the long jump.

College careerEdit

Sherman began his career at Stanford as a wide receiver and led the Cardinal in receiving as a freshman in 2006 while being named a Freshmen All-American. He caught 47 passes over the next two years before suffering a season-ending knee injury after playing in the first four games in 2008. He switched to cornerback after his injury due to team need and made 112 tackles over his final two years, which also included 6 interceptions. He was part of the 2010 Stanford Cardinal football team which finished 12-1, a school record.[1] Sherman is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.

Sherman graduated in 2010 from Stanford with a degree in Communications and returned for his final year of eligibility in order to begin a Masters degree.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Seattle SeahawksEdit


Sherman was selected in the 5th round, 154 overall by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2011 NFL Draft. Sherman remembers watching the Draft with his family at home and how many cornerbacks were drafted before him. To this very day, Sherman remembers being "livid" about players who he perceived as inferior getting drafted before him.[3]

Despite starting only 10 games in his rookie season, Sherman was selected to the 2011 PFW All-Rookie Team, shattering all expectations heading into the season.[4] He also led all rookies with 21 passes defended and 4 interceptions in addition to 55 tackles.


On October 14, 2012, following a victory over the New England Patriots, Sherman taunted the Patriots' quarterback, Tom Brady.[5]

Prior to week 8 vs Detroit, Sherman nicknamed himself Optimus Prime, an action intended to send out the message that he would shut down Detroit's wide receiver, Calvin Johnson, known by his nickname Megatron. (Optimus Prime and Megatron are opposing characters in the Transformers franchise.) Johnson was held to 3 catches for 46 yards against Sherman and the Seahawks, both season lows.[6]

Heading into Week 17 of the 2012 season, Sherman posted 61 tackles, seven interceptions and three forced fumbles.[7] Due to his play and the fact that he was not selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl, Sherman was considered of one of the biggest 2013 Pro Bowl snubs.[8] Sherman told Associated Press that "It don't mean nothing," prior to the announcement of the Pro Bowl rosters.[9] He was subsequently named Associated Press NFL All-Pro First Team.

In December 2012, Sherman won his appeal of a four-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.[10] It was likely that Sherman would sue the NFL if he was suspended.[11] Prior to the wildcard matchup between the Seahawks and the Redskins, Kedric Golston, a Redskins linebacker called out Sherman by saying "He's a cheater," referring to Sherman's successful suspension appeal.[12]


Sherman has been involved in several controversies during his NFL career. One of these controversies is his Optimus Prime nickname, referring to Calvin Johnson, who is nicknamed Megatron.[13] Sherman has also been involved in a controversy where he asked Tom Brady, "U mad, bro?".[5] Sherman also stirred controversy with his response to not being selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl.[9] In March 2013, Sherman went on to ESPN First Take, where he argued with Skip Bayless. Sherman told Bayless "I'm intelligent enough and capable enough to understand that you are ignorant, pompous, egotistical, and cretin. I am going to crush you on here because I am tired of hearing about it." He also claimed that he was "better at life" than the First Take analyst, which sparked a response from fellow ESPN analyst Bill Simmons that blasted the First Take program. [14] Sherman was also involved in a Twitter feud with fellow NFL cornerback, Darelle Revis.,[15] to the point that Joe Haden also involved in the conversation that he is the no.2 cornerback in the league between Revis and Sherman.[16] Sherman has also been involved in controversies with Trent Williams[17] and Roddy White.[18]


The following stats were retrieved from[19]

Year Team G GS Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Comb Total Ast Sack Safeties PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2011 Seattle 16 10 55 47 8 0.0 0 17 4 45 11.2 33 0 1
2012 Seattle 16 16 64 53 11 1.0 0 24 8 57 7.1 29 1 3
Total 32 26 119 100 19 1.0 0 40 12 102 -- 33 1 4


  1. 1.0 1.1 Gil Alcaraz IV (January 27, 2011). "An insider’s view with Stanford cornerback Richard Sherman". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  2. Eric Sondheimer (June 21, 2010). "Football: Richard Sherman graduates from Stanford". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  3. Michael Silver (December 11, 2012). "Seahawks' Richard Sherman wants to 'destroy' the NFL and become the best CB of all time". Yahoo!. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  4. "All Rookie Team". Pro Football Weekly. January 18, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Doug Farrar (October 15, 2012). "Richard Sherman beats Tom Brady; taunts the Pats with ‘U MAD BRO?’ after the game". Shutdown Corner. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  6. "Calvin Johnson Game by Game Stats and Performance". ESPN. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  7. Tyler Conway (December 27, 2012). "Pro Bowl Roster 2013: Analyzing Why Richard Sherman and Other Snubs Missed Team". Bleacher Report. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  8. "2013 Pro Bowl Snubs: Richard Sherman, Alfred Morris Among Notable Omissions". Huffington Post. December 27, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Kareem Copeland (December 26, 2012). "Richard Sherman: Pro Bowl spots 'don't mean nothing'". Around the League. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  10. Lindsay H. Jones (December 27, 2012). "Seahawks' Richard Sherman wins appeal of NFL suspension". USA Today. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  11. Curtis Crabtree (December 26, 2012). "Richard Sherman likely to sue league if suspended". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  12. Dan Hanzus (January 4, 2013). "Redskins player on Richard Sherman: 'He's a cheater'". Around the League. Retrieved January 5, 2012.
  13. Nate Davis (October 25, 2012). "Megatron ready for Seahawks' Optimus Prime". Game On!. USA Today. Retrieved March 9, 2013.
  14. Chris Chase (March 7, 2013). "Richard Sherman blasts Skip Bayless on 'First Take'". Game On!. USA Today. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  15. Gabe Zaldivar (February 20, 2013). "Seahawks' Richard Sherman Slays Jets' Darrelle Revis in Twitter Feud". B/R Swagger. Bleacher Report. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  16. Joe Haden: Darrelle Revis is No. 1 cornerback; I'm No. 2
  17. Marc Sessler (January 10, 2013). "Trent Williams told Richard Sherman he'd punch him". Around the League. Retrieved March 9, 2013.
  18. Ryan Wilson (February 17, 2013). "Richard Sherman calls draft 'a sham,' Roddy White 'an easy matchup'". Eye on Football. CBS. Retrieved March 9, 2013.
  19. "Richard Sherman". Retrieved December 27, 2012.

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