The file on Richard Sherman
As a wiry 6-foot-3, 167-pound athlete, Richard Sherman starred in football and track at Dominguez High School in Compton, Ca. Sherman played receiver and cornerback for the Dons, and in track, he earned All-American honors in the triple jump. As a senior, he helped lead Dominguez to a CIF Southern Section Division III title. He was ranked as the No. 93 overall player in California according to Rivals and graduated as a Salutarian with a 4.2 GPA.
Life as a receiver
Upon signing with the Stanford Cardinal, Sherman played wide receiver his freshman and sophomore years for coach Jim Harbaugh. The Compton native earned Pac-10 All-Freshman first team honors, and led the team in catches and receiving yards. As a sophomore Sherman continued to grow as a receiver where he ranked No. 10 in the Pac-10 in receiving yards.
The switch to defense
After starting the first four games of the season at receiver, Sherman was granted a medical redshirt for an injured knee and missed the rest of the season. The following season he was transferred to cornerback, and started on defense thereafter. As a junior he intercepted Matt Barkley of USC for a 43-yard touchdown to cap a 55-21 upset victory. His senior year Sherman had 49 tackles, four interceptions and six pass breakups, legitimizing himself as a pro prospect.
First two years in the league
Sherman was selected in the fifth round (154th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. He started 10 games for the Seahawks and led all rookies with 16 passes defended and four interceptions. In his second year, Sherman continued his stellar play and was named to the All-Pro First Team. In a Week 15, 42-13 victory against the 49ers, Sherman blocked a David Akers field goal and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown. He finished the season with eight interceptions.
2013 Season: Legion of Boom
In his third NFL season, Sherman came into his own as one of the best cornerbacks in the league -- even getting into a Twitter feud with Darrelle Revis on the subject. He led the league in interceptions with eight and was once again named First-Team All-Pro.
NFC Championship Game
In the final seconds of the NFC Championship Game against the 49ers, Sherman tipped a potential game-tying pass from Colin Kaepernick to Michael Crabtree in the end zone into the hands of linebacker Malcolm Smith. After the play, Sherman made a choke sign to Kaepernick, then ran up to Crabtree with a pat on the backside before Crabtree shoved him in the facemask. After the game, the corner was interviewed on national television where he announced emotionally that he was "the best corner in the game!" And that "when you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that's the result you gonna get."