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The 10 Most Surprising Things Richard Sherman Has Done. And Each Of Them Might Blow Your Mind.

1.) Richard Sherman is from Compton, California. Compton is one of the most dangerous cities in all of America. It's the headquarters to some of the largest gangs in the world including the Crips and Bloods. Sherman made it out of Compton without ever once getting imprisoned or charged for a federal crime. There is also no record of him having any gang involvement. This alone is an incredible victory considering how many young males fall into gang life throughout Compton and South Central Los Angeles.

2.) Richard Sherman went to Dominguez High School. A public school located in Compton, California. Sherman graduated as the Salutatorian, which means he was ranked second in his class. His GPA is said to be as high as a 3.9. Some rumors even say that Sherman was a devout reader, and that he finished every book that was ever assigned to him in high school. In addition, Sports Illustrated reported that he has an incredibly powerful memory and memorized his 18-letter random generated Wifi password on the first day.

3.) In high school, Sherman played both defense and offense. He was all-state, all-league, and ranked on a national level. He also ran track and field where he was ranked on a state and national level for the triple jump.

4.) At Stanford, Richard Sherman played 5 years of football. He redshirted one year. He decided to stay for his last year so that he could start a Master's Degree in Communications. To this day it's said that Sherman still pursues this Master's Degree in the offseason.

5.) As a freshman, sophomore, and junior Sherman played wide receiver for Stanford. During his first two years he was also a triple jumper ranked on a national level. As a freshman he made the Pac-10 All-Freshman Honors team for wide-receiver. Not only was he a two sport athlete in college, but he also did not switch to cornerback until his Senior year.

6.) Today, Sherman is considered to be the best cornerback in all of football. However, Sherman was not drafted until the 5th round. Despite that he was selected to the 2011 All-Rookie team and shocked everyone's expectations. In some respects, he has been a perennial underdog, consistently overlooked.

7.) Richard Sherman was accused of taking adderall by the NFL. The drug is banned throughout the league and considered a performance enhancing drug. However, Sherman and his legal team fought off the accusation in a brilliant manner. They first accused the NFL of an improper testing procedure, and then added additional pressure by setting up to sue the league for exactly that. The two parties came to an agreement and Sherman was never suspended. This entire case might be a testimony to his level of intelligence.

8.) In October 2012, Richard Sherman went after Tom Brady. To quote the sequence of events, Sherman said this to Tom Brady while playing the New England Patriots,
“I kept saying I'm going to get that next time. Every TV timeout, I went up and said it right to (Brady): ‘Please keep trying me. I’m going to take it from you.’ That was when they were winning,” “He just gave me that look and said, ‘Oh, I'll see you after game.’ Well, I made sure I saw him after the game.” 
The Seahawks won that game after an amazing comeback and Sherman tweeted the following picture, which even demonstrated his photoshop skills. He added, "U MAD BRO?" in black letters. That statement is an Internet meme extremely popular among online communities like Reddit. This just goes to show his creativity and awareness of Internet subcultures:

9.) In March of 2013, Richard Sherman went on ESPN TV. He was on national television talking with Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless. He got into a heated feud with Skip Bayless and at one point said, "I'm better at life than you." He went on to say:
“I am intelligent enough, capable enough, to understand that you are an ignorant, pompous, egotistical cretin. And that’s what it comes down to. And I’m going to crush you on here, in front of everybody, because I'm tired of hearing about it." 
The full video is below. It's somewhat mind blowing, and at times uncomfortable, but Sherman makes several excellent points about Skip Bayless lacking any actual facts behind his claims. In-fact, even Mark Cuban once made a very similar argument. Here's Sherman vs. Bayless:

10.) In the 2014 NFC Championship game between the Seahawks and the 49ers, Richard Sherman made the game winning deflection that led to an interception. After the Seahawks beat the 49ers in the NFC Championship game, Richard Sherman showed off his competitive spirit and brashness in front of the world. Granted, this should not come as a surprise. After the Seahawks beat the Washington Redskins last year, Sherman was punched in the face for talking to players after the game. Here he is to Erin Andrews:

Bonus, and maybe the most important of all: Richard Sherman has his own charity foundation called, Blanket Coverage: The Richard Sherman Family Foundation. The main goal of the charity is to help schools and children across the nation get access to adequate school supplies. They also consistently update their Facebook Page. The day after the Seahawks won the NFC Championship, Sherman was doing charity work on MLK Day in Tacoma. He even once told high school students:
"Who wants to make the NFL?" Sherman asked a group of high school students. Nearly all of them raised their hands. "Now, tell me how long the average NFL career lasts? Three-and-a-half years. So what are you going to prepare for: Three-and-a-half years? Or the rest of your life?"