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Focus on: Dance fever
At any given moment, during any given break in the action on game day, Richard Sherman will break into a dance move, or 12.
“During the timeouts and in between intermission, you get bored out there,” Sherman said. “They play some pretty cool tunes. And if the rhythm gets in your body and it gets to your feet, then that’s the result.”
But this is not a game-day abnormality for the Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback. Sherman practices, on the practice field.
“You practice how you play and you play how you practice,” Sherman said. “Everybody doesn’t know that if you practice hard and you practice these dance moves out there, then on game day they’re going to be just as good.”
Sherman smiled, and everyone else in the auditorium at Virginia Mason Athletic Center laughed.
Entering Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field, Sherman has six picks to share the league lead this season and 16 passes defensed to pace the NFL’s No. 1-ranked defense.
They don’t keep stats on number of dance moves, or even best dance moves, but Sherman must lead the league in both categories, as well.
Not that Sherman is the defense’s only dancer. In last week’s shutout victory over the New York Giants, lineman Michael Bennett did his thing after collecting a sack – giving him 7.5.
“Did you see the sideways, the hip?” Sherman asked. “He’s mixing it up for everybody. I think he might be the best hips on the team.”
But best dancer? Sherman has been the unchallenged team championship since former defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove challenged him to a dance-off in the locker room in 2011 (4:20 mark in video below).
And, as we know, Sherman practices what he prances.