6 money lessons from Seattle's trash-talking Richard Sherman
The outspoken Seahawks cornerback should be known for much more than trash talk. We can all learn from him.
This post comes from Karen Datko at partner site Money Talks News.
Who is this Richard Sherman, whose TV interview rant after the NFC championship game has gotten so much media attention?
Is he just a trash-talking football player who can’t keep his trap shut? (He has apologized, by the way.)
Sherman is a thoughtful young man who brings the intellect and intense preparation to football that Peyton Manning, Sherman's opponent in the Super Bowl, is so famous for.
In fact, stories from Sherman's life contain important personal finance lessons that can apply to anyone. I gleaned them from a Sports Illustrated profile of Sherman that first appeared in July.
1. Paying your kids for good grades can help motivate them
His mom, Beverly Sherman, paid him $5 for every A on his report card and $3 for B's. He graduated second in his high school class with a grade point average of 4.2, just a tiny bit behind the valedictorian.
2. Don't underestimate the importance of a good education
Sports Illustrated says Sherman was very vocal even in high school, with a special motivating message for the other guys on his team: "He was an academic snob who saved his most biting remarks for those who ditched classes or failed exams."
3. In fact, make education your top priority
University of Southern California football coach Pete Carroll, while recruiting Sherman, "had to wait 2½ hours in the football offices (at Sherman's high school) because his recruit had refused to duck out of an advanced placement course." Sherman went to Stanford instead, where he graduated with a degree in communications in 2010.
4. Volunteering broadens your outlook and experience
His mom works for California Children's Services, and sometimes he'd go with her to work. "There, at the rehabilitation center next to her office in Downey, he spent summer days completing math problems and building block towers with kids suffering from muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy," SI says.
5. Intense preparation can trump natural ability
Sherman says he's not the best athlete on the field, so he compensates by being better prepared. His attention to detail is remarkable. You can see that very clearly in this YouTube video.
6. Self-promotion isn't necessarily a bad thing
"Things I do probably look like madness, like I'm totally out of control, but there's always a plan," Sherman told SI. "It's part of a greater scheme to get some eyes, to grow the market, to grow Seattle. Now people are paying attention, and they'll probably be disappointed this year because I will be a lot more reserved."
SI added, "Time will tell if such restraint is possible." That hasn't happened quite yet.
What's your take on the Sherman post-game controversy? Did he misbehave outrageously or is the reaction overblown?
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He walks the walk so I say he can talk the talk.
He said nothing in the interview that I thought should earn so much attention; he merely stated the truth. He IS the best corner in the NFL.
That being said, he is a 24 or 25 year old young man who just tipped the ball away from an opponent in order to advance to the Super Bowl. The NFL has a rule about not interviewing players for 10-15 minutes after the end of a game to allow the adrenalin surging through these men's bodies to dissipate. That rule is there for just this reason, to eliminate the possibility of someone blurting out like he did. I hope this does not end up changing him in any way, either in his passion or ego, we in Seattle LOVE him and his personality.
Go Seahawks, Go Sherman!!!
Being a Washington Native and an ardent Seahawks fan and 12th Man, I expect nothing less from Sherm. He's very intelligent and sure knows how to market himself. In fact he's been somewhat subdued this season. GO HAWKS !!!!!!!
There is an ignorant side to many people, this is but one example in the NFL. The microphone should never have put in front of his face to begin with especially someone of his volatile personality, and right after the game when he was hyped to the max.That being said the source must be considered here, and taken for what it is. These guys are the modern day gladiators minus the thumbs down death part. And instead of swords, spears, tridents and battleaxes to inflict injury(of course not purposely right?) they use their heads, shoulders and other body parts. We saw that this weekend numerous times didn't we? Exciting wasn't it? It’s what makes it what it is, this guy is a big part of the thrill you want. The Romans never expected their gladiators to be ''classy'' and we shouldn't either. We who are about to be crude salute you!
Here I am, a Stanford grad deep in the heart of Niner territory, and I love Sir Richard. I first noticed him at a Stanford game and wondered aloud, "OK, who is the dude with the dreads, flying through the air at quarterbacks like he's the next Troy Polamalu???" I vowed to send a letter recommending him to Mike Tomlin & Dick LeBeau, but I didn't get it done and now my Steelers are so much the poorer for my neglect. I'm sure the rest of the league is happy to never see Richard & Troy on the same team.
Serious, Richard, I wouldn't take you away from the Seahawks now. You've found your professional home, you have fans who love you, and I'm proud to have someone remove that stigma that says Stanford football players aren't tough enough for the NFL.
Stay focused, darlin', remember that there are those who will dis you just because you went to Stanford--we all get that, by the way. Keep using that big brain for good things, be careful out there, take care of Mr. Manning for us, and light up the world.
Can we not focus on Sherman so much? He's a fine, young player. And he got caught up in "the moment" of making an outstanding play that sent his team to the Superbowl. But I couldn't care less about what he has had to say subsequent to his post-game comments, which didn't bother me in the least.
Play the game. Cut the hype. Forget the commercials. Forget the half time "show". This matchup doesn't need any more than the NFL's best two teams going at each other.
He's a very talented, very bright young man who speaks his mind, particularly when it comes to people who he feels have shown him disrespect. What he said was not as unfortunate as when he said it. It detracted football fans from the merits of a very entertaining football game.
I'm glad he's on our team, and especially glad he's adopted our community.
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