For years, Sport Illustrated’s Pete King has published a column called The Monday Morning QB. Today, he and SI launched an all-new website under that same name, and have brought in talent from all over the country to write for it. People like former Green Bay Packer assistant GM and president of the National Football Post Andrew Brandt, Alessandro Miglio from PFF and B/R, and Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman.
Yes, you read that correctly. Richard Sherman is going to be a regular contributor to King’s new website. Sherman’s column is going to be a good read. Not only is he a smart and eloquent young man, but he’s also not afraid of and controversy caused by any of his opinions.
In his inaugural contribution to the MMQB, Sherman decided to skip the controversy and simply tell his own story. The result is an extremely compelling read. If you ever wonder what made Sherman the competitor he is today, then click that link and read Sherman’s story. You wont regret it.
It wasn’t until my dad coached my team, when I was 11, that I learned you had to be tough to be a great football player. He put me up against a bigger kid in a tackling drill and told me, “Run him over.” All I could think of was, I don’t want to do this, but I did it. I closed my eyes, ran into the guy and did OK—or so I thought.
“Do it again!” my father shouted.
I braced up again. And the guy ran through me, again. That one hurt.
“Do it again!”
This time he ran through me ever harder. My dad came over to me, picked me up off the ground and … threw me down.
“Do it right! Be a FOOTBALL player! Do it again!”
On my fourth try I ran through that kid’s face. Knocked him down. When you’re young you have so many fears. But since that day I’ve never been afraid of anything on a football field.
That’s just a small portion of what Sherman has to say in his story. He also address why he talks trash during games, and why he decided to confront Tom Brady after the Seahawks victory over New England last season. Like I said, it’s an extremely interesting article.
I know I’ll be waiting impatiently for his next installment.