He made the play – The Immaculate Deflection – that got the Seahawks into the Super Bowl, and then helped them win it in convincing fashion.
He was voted All-Pro and to the Pro Bowl after leading the NFL in interceptions.
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Since that 43-8 dismantling of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2,
And Friday, he was voted the cover player for the Madden NFL 15 video game.
But Monday, just like just about every other day during this offseason for the Super Bowl champions, Sherman was not only where he belongs, he was doing the things that make him special during the Seahawks’ OTA session.
Afterward, coach Pete Carroll was asked if he is at all concerned about all these potential distractions, well, distracting the player who has more interceptions (20) and passes defenses (60) than any player in the league the past three seasons.
“Richard has had a great offseason,” Carroll said. “I don’t know that he’s maybe missed a day the whole time. His work ethic is perfect. His attitude, every day he’s here. His competitiveness, every day. He does a great job of leading in that regard.”
Missed a day? Sherman has rarely missed a beat since the players reconvened for the start of the offseason program on April 21.
Right on cue, the media had to wait for Sherman after practice on Monday because he had to lift weights first. That’s because despite the pomp, the circumstance and the new contract, Sherman remains “the raggedy dog,” as the former fifth-round draft choice referred to himself after the news conference last month to announce his extension.
“Still the raggedy dog. That never goes away,” Sherman said, despite his enhanced pedigree. “You can’t change how you were raised. You can teach an old dog new tricks, but you can’t take away where he’s from. That’s what it’s always going to come down to.”
Still, the Madden cover and ceremony in Los Angeles where it was announced Sherman had been voted onto it over Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was hardly a dog-day afternoon.
“It was cool. It was really cool,” Sherman said. “It was a great experience. It’s always an honor being picked for Madden. It’s a fun deal.”
“I’ve been trying to get the Legion of Boom on the cover, and EA has been fighting me,” Sherman said. “So if everybody wants to start a petition to get the Legion of Boom on the cover, here it is, here’s an open invitation.”
And, from the sounds of it, the line to sign that petition forms behind Sherman.
Despite everything he’s been through – and invited to – Sherman has not forgotten those who helped get him to his current status, or the events that have gone into it.
“It’s been unbelievable. It’s one of those years to remember, obviously,” Sherman said. “Just winning the Super Bowl and then all the accolades and all the things that came along with it were wonderful. You can never quantify what that means; you can never expect the things that happened to happen.
“But you take it for what it is and you enjoy the moment and you get ready to do it again.”
This brings us back to Sherman and how he has found time to mix all the magic with the maintenance. Sherman knows what went into last season, and he has spent this offseason preparing for a repeat performance – or a continuation of that performance, if you will.
And with that comes helping the younger players – a group that includes cornerback
“You can show them better than you can tell them,” Sherman said. “You can do it with your actions. You fly to ball. You run hard. You play hard. You play disciplined-styled football. And when they have questions, you’re there to answer all their questions. You push them. You make sure they know their assignments.”
“For the continuity and the consistency, you have to be there,” Sherman said.
Then Sherman was reminded that these sessions are voluntary.
“It’s voluntary, but I’m a ballplayer,” he said. “What else am I going to be doing? When you’re a ballplayer at the heart and this is what you sleep, breathe and eat, than this is where you want to be. I couldn’t imagine myself being anywhere else because you just feel the itch to be back on the field, to be back with your teammates, to be back out there getting better.
“Because, like they say, you never stay the same; either you’re getting better or you’re getting worse. And if you’re not on the field, it’s hard to get better.”
Take it from someone who’s been here, there and seemingly everywhere this offseason.