Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman dons cover of Sports Illustrated

Posted Jul 24, 2013

All-Pro, Stanford graduate featured as magazine's cover story

Fresh off of his columnist debut for Peter King's The MMQB, All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman graces the cover of this week's issue of Sports Illustrated, joining the likes of Shaun Alexander (national cover, 2005) and Matt Hasselbeck (regional cover, 2006) as the only Seahawks to be featured front-and-center by the magazine.

"It's a very humbling gesture," Sherman said Wednesday while reporting for team physicals at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. "I am incredibly grateful to the SI staff and my teammates for putting me in this position."

The issue hits newsstands this week, and below are several snippets from SI's press release pumping Sherman's conversation with SI senior writer Lee Jenkins, who profiled the third-year pro for the magazine's cover story.

"Jenkins chronicles Sherman’s rise from growing up as a shy, skinny kid in Compton, Calif., to a confidant motormouth who was selected in the fifth round by Seattle in the 2011 draft (a slight that still motivates him today). Jenkins says, 'He is the rare player who has provoked the ire of Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll, who has taunted Tom Brady, who has been punched by an opponent while congratulating him on a good game.' (PAGE 48)

"Sherman now headlines one of the best defenses in the NFL and has become the face—and voice—of the NFL’s fiercest rivalry between his Seahawks and the defending NFC Champion 49ers, who happen to be coached by Jim Harbaugh, Sherman’s coach at Stanford. 'I’m not the type to let a sleeping giant lie,' Sherman says. 'I wake up the giant, slap him around, make him mad and beat him to the ground. I talk a big game because I carry a big stick.' (PAGE 48)

"On why he chose to attend Stanford over local favorite USC (coached at the time by his current coach Pete Carroll):  'I wanted to make a statement,' says Sherman, who finished second in his high school class with a 4.2 GPA. 'It was weird. It didn’t sound right. But I had to prove it was possible: Compton to Stanford.' (PAGE 50)

"Sherman says his verbose ways are all part of a plan. 'It’s part of a greater scheme to get some eyes, to grow the market, to grow Seattle,' he says. 'Now people are paying attention, and they’ll probably be disappointed this year because I will be a lot more reserved.' (PAGE 52)"