Checking in with Richard Sherman, the NFL’s most notorious cornerback, plus an unorthodox spin on post-NFL draft power rankings.
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Welcome to “Week Under Review,” which is moving to Fridays because it’s almost summer and I sincerely hope you have better things to do with your Sunday mornings than partake in football commentary.
This week we check in with the league’s most notorious cornerback, but first let’s blow up traditional power rankings by examining the people, teams and other randomness sitting atop the NFL’s zeitgeist and beyond following a surprisingly dramatic draft.
Five Random Questions with Richard Sherman
This week, notoriously outspoken Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was silenced by two gaming champions named HikeTheGamer and TypicalGamer as the three promoted Call of Duty Black Ops3 in a live stream. Sherman eventually emerged from defeat and answered a few burning questions:
Melissa Jacobs: More evil: draft grades or anonymous scouts?
Richard Sherman: I think anything anonymous is worse. At least with draft grades a person puts their name and face on it. When it’s anonymous it’s almost like you’re a coward. You’re taking the easy way, trying not to be judged or ostracized for whatever you say. It’s the coward’s way so you inherently get less respect.What has it been like seeing Jim Harbaugh back in the college game?
RS: It’s been cool. Obviously he’s a winner wherever he goes. He’s great for college; he’s great for every league he’s been in. He speaks his mind, he does things in his own way and makes the world move by the beat of his drum, and I think that’s cool. People misunderstand him sometimes but that’s what makes sports so unique is that these people can be themselves. Any time you get people who are cliché you feel like it is disingenuous, so any time you find people that are true to themselves and what they believe in you have to respect it, and I do with him.
MJ: How is it that 64-year old Pete Carroll never seems to age?
RS: He’s an optimist, and he doesn’t stress about the small things. He doesn’t let other people’s ways of thinking influence him or what he does or what he thinks. He’s just a positive person and he wants what’s best for the world, and I think that’s cool. Any time you get like that you appreciate those kinds of people.
MJ: You spoke out against Black Lives Matter. Some have suggested you have a political career in your future. Heck, even Bill Clinton once called you misunderstood. How cognizant are you of the power of your platform?
RS: That’s what it’s about. You’re not given this platform to be selfish; you’re given it to help as many people as you can while you can. I try to use my platform to help others. I do a ton of philanthropy, dealing with kids that come from similar backgrounds as me just trying to make sure they understand that anything’s possible and they shouldn’t try to limit your dreams.
MJ: Who’s the best corner in the game?
RS: You’re speaking to him.