Is Richard Sherman the face of the Seahawks franchise?
Richard Sherman might be one of the more outspoken members of the Seahawks, but does that make him the face of the franchise?
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NFL.com thinks so.
NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks says that Sherman represents the Seahawks in ways no other player does:
"Sherman’s bluster and ultra-competitive personality might turn off some observers, but the fourth-year pro has quickly become one of the most disruptive defenders in the NFL…With that in mind, it’s apparent that Sherman and the “Legion of Boom” embody the culture Pete Carroll has created in the Pacific Northwest."
Originally drafted out of Stanford in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Sherman has been mega-productive in his three years in Seattle.
The 26-year-old hasn’t missed a regular season game and has averaged 56 tackles and six interceptions in each of his three NFL seasons.
Last season, his eight interceptions led the league and his leadership on the field became the anchor of the NFL’s best defense. He also helped lead the team to their first Super Bowl championship.
Additionally, his impressive year earned him the votes of America to land him on the cover of Madden’s latest video game, Madden NFL 15.
Sherman is without question the leader of the team’s defense, but on offense, the honor goes to Brooks’ runner-up for the face of the franchise title — Russell Wilson.
Brooks defended his selection by saying:
"Wilson’s numbers aren’t on par with some of his peers, but there is no doubt about his status as the Seahawks‘ franchise quarterback after guiding the team to a title in his second season…Wilson’s superb game management skills and leadership ability outweigh his statistical output in the Seahawks‘ game plan. Given Wilson’s success and overall performance, the Seahawks have the right leader in place to keep the team in the title hunt for the next few seasons."
Wilson has also gained notoriety for his charity work in Seattle-area hospitals, which contributed to him being named the “NFL’s Good Guy” last month.
But unbeknownst to most of Sherman’s critics, Sherman does similar charity work, and has done so since arriving in Seattle in 2011.
He has organized a benefit to help build a home for an injured soldier, made a surprise visit to a high school and done numerous other things that could make you smile when he isn’t on the field.
I’ve always liked Sherman and those who don’t like him don’t see what he does when he isn’t on the field. The guy is a walking class act right along with Wilson.
I love having both of them represent the Seahawks both on and off the gridiron. They have earned the “role-model” title in my book.
What are your thoughts?