Chances are that even if you don't follow sports, you've heard about Richard Sherman by now. The Seahawks cornerback is playing in the 2014 Super Bowl on February 2, but he didn't get there without his share of controversy!
25-year-old Richard has been one of the Hawks' main headline-makers for his amazing plays and post-game quips — most recently because of a spirited interview with Fox reporter Erin Andrews and the response he penned for Sports Illustrated. But there's a whole lot more to Richard than meets the eye.
Read on for 5 things you may not have known about NFL cornerback Richard Sherman.
1. He Graduated From Stanford University With a 3.9 GPA. While Richard is an amazing cornerback and we're glad to have him in the NFL, if his football dreams hadn't come true, he'd still be doing great things. Dude attended Stanford University — and rather than focus on just football, he busted his ass and got a 3.9 GPA while still shining on the field! What's his degree in? What else: communications.
Academic accomplishment is nothing new to Richard, though. He got a better than perfect GPA while at Dominguez High of Compton: a 4.2.
2. He's a Game of Thrones Fan. Many thought that Richard was just being arrogant when he tweeted this after his heated altercation with Michael Crabtree:
3. He Was a Penguin For Halloween. He looked adorable, but don’t mess.
4. He Gives Back by Working With Kids. Richard's charity, Blanket Coverage, The Richard Sherman Family Foundation, helps kids get the school supplies they need to succeed. In his own time, though, he works with Student With A Goal, touring around high schools in his native Compton, telling kids to stay in school. He's certainly a great guy for the job!
"I know the jock stereotype—cool guy, walking around with your friends, not caring about school, not caring about anything," he told Sports Illustrated in a July 2013 profile. "I hate that stereotype. I want to destroy it. I want to kill it."
5. He Grew Up Idolizing Muhammad Ali. Here's something from the department of not at all surprising: one of Richard's idols growing up was Muhammad Ali.
"[Muhammad] understood how to manipulate the world," Richard reflected to Sports Illustrated in their July profile. "When he said, 'The champ is here,' he probably wasn't that cocky. He created a persona. He was a leader, an entertainer, and he knew how to break people down in the ring. I didn't really care about boxing, but I wanted to be like Ali."
Now there's something to partially explain how he grew up to be both whip-smart and an outstanding athlete.