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Seahawks' cornerback Richard Sherman on July 29 cover of Sports Illustrated

He’s a bombastic, confident, All-Pro cornerback and is now on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Seattle’s loquacious lock-down corner Richard Sherman is the subject of a feature detailing the former Stanford standout’s background behind the bravado and Twitter tough guy act — which, coincidently, isn’t really an act; it’s just who he is.

Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks

SI’s Lee Jenkins chronicles Sherman’s rise from a skinny kid growing up in Compton, Calif., to a fifth-round pick by the Seahawks in the 2011 draft. Now, he headlines one of the best defenses in the NFL and is a key cog in what should be a Super Bowl contender in 2013 and beyond.

Sherman addresses two of his more famous — or infamous, depending on how you look at it — news items, including his Twitter beef with Darrelle Revis and his suspension for allegedly taking Adderall, which was eventually overturned.

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And luckily for Packers fans, there is no mention of the ‘Fail Mary’ game, although Sherman has been rubbing salt in the wounds of Cheesehead nation ever since.

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