Will Richard Sherman’s Seattle legacy remain legendary, or are his comments eroding it?

I wondered which Seahawk would have the brightest career in broadcasting. No doubt the locker room was filled with some of the most dynamic personalities to ever grace the NFL.

There was the ever candid Michael Bennett, the curious Doug Baldwin, the bona fide KJ Wright, the engaging Bobby Wagner, the polished Russell Wilson and, well…it can go on for paragraphs.

But a few years ago, the undisputed leader of the soundbite superstar was cornerback Richard Sherman – a future Hall of Famer who seemed to have a desk and headset ready for him upon retirement.

Now? I do not know. In terms of using his voice, the man went from awesome to squeaky.

Last week, 33-year-old Sherman lashed out at Seahawks fans in a bizarre but increasingly predictable way. On his podcast, he said the 12 “hated responsibility” and that “those fans had never won anything before we got here. They never won anything. They went to the Super Bowl in 2006 and were happy to be there, and that was their biggest claim. And then we get there, we win a Super Bowl, we spoil them with a historic defense and then all of a sudden, that’s what they’re waiting for.

One of the most annoying tendencies of athletes is to over-generalize with words like “they” or “everybody.” “They said we couldn’t do it! Everyone doubted us!

Um, who exactly are you talking about? There’s no doubt that the otherworldly talent that Seattle produced during the Legion of Boom days helped transform the Seahawks from too-rans to rock stars. The city’s sports enthusiasm skyrocketed, and Lumen Field has been an eardrum breaker ever since.

But to say that these fans “hate responsibility?” (I’m not even sure what that means) That they are “spoiled” and expect to win the Super Bowl every year now? That may be true to some – but the words seemed to come from a place of hostility rather than appreciation for a fan base that idolized this man.

There was a lot of other interesting information on Sherman’s podcast. He lamented how the Seahawks were likely to get rid of star linebacker Bobby Wagner, “even though he’s three years past his prime.” He mentioned how the idea of ​​letting quarterback Russell Wilson “cook,” as many fans liked to put it, never was and never would be a championship formula. He pointed out that there hadn’t been an All-Pro corner on the Seahawks since he left and that Seattle was wrong to let aging stars escape.

710 ESPN’s Mike Salk has thoughtfully responded to many of the comments, but here’s my question: what will Sherman’s legacy be with the fans here?

Granted, he probably had the most iconic play in Seahawks history when he flipped Colin Kaepernick’s pass into the hands of Malcolm Smith to send Seattle to the Super Bowl. If ever a statue of Sherman is erected outside Lumen Field, it will likely be the image.

And for much of his career he’s been the most accessible player in the locker room – always good for a direct, insightful and/or comedic response. But something happened – and it didn’t seem to go away.

The moments of Richard Sherman that have stood out to me over the past few years are that he explodes on the sidelines – whether at Pete Carroll or defensive coordinator Kris Richard – because of strategic disagreements. He’s the one who threatens to ruin radio host Jim Moore’s career over a question he doesn’t like, then boycotts the media after he says ‘you’ll miss me when I’m gone’ .

Certainly, there were tender moments. His tear-filled press conference after ripping his Achilles and realizing his time with the Seahawks might be over was poignant. And when he and Wilson swapped shirts in 2019, it seemed to crush much of the bad blood the two would have shared.

But there was also a lot of cringe.

Whenever I write about Sherman, most emails I receive tend to be unfavorable to the legendary cornerback. They were grateful for what he had done here, but also happy that he had moved on. I watch players like Marshawn Lynch, Kam Chancellor or Wagner and know they’ll get a thunderous ovation every time they show up at Lumen Field. I sometimes wonder if Sherman would receive the same reception.

I don’t want to be the guy who scolds someone for speaking their mind. But hey… there are some exceptions.

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