After a 24-23 victory against the New England Patriots,
cornerback Richard Sherman famously mocked quarterback Tom Brady with T-shirts that read “U angry bro?” Nine years later,
the two are colleagues as members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Brady was instrumental in Sherman’s recruitment. While the Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks,
and San Francisco 49ers were all interested in Sherman, he reached out to him before the Bucs’ front staff.
“He’s simply a competitor,” says the narrator.
Sherman, 33, a three-time first-team All-Pro, five-time Pro Bowler, and Super Bowl XLVIII winner, said, “We share the same mentality in that respect.”
“Anything it takes to win, obsessive — that’s a lot of what Kobe Bryant — the late, great — stood for, and you can respect that in each other.”
That was one of the things that drew me in.
He’s the same animal as I am.”
Over the years, the two communicated and discussed how much fun it would be to play together.
All he needed was Ashley’s permission.
“Once he calls, you better come or you’re going to regret not coming,” Sherman predicted.
“She jumped right in. She saw this as the greatest possibility for me to do what I love and play at a top-level, with a chance to win a trophy.”
Sherman flew from Seattle to Tampa about 9:30 p.m. on a cross-country trip.
He arrived at the team facilities for COVID-19 testing before 6:30 a.m. the following morning.
He had his physical, signed his contract, and was in full pads training with his new teammates by 10:50 a.m.
” giving us some tips,” said safety Jordan Whitehead.
“He was educating and asking us questions and giving us suggestions throughout the walk-throughs, so it’s nice to have him out there.” ‘We’re all young,’ we told him.
That’s the sort of leader we’re looking for.’ He came in today and began giving us a lot of advice and talked about basketball with us.
He’s perfectly at home. It’s as though he’s been here a long time.”
He’s wearing No. 5 instead of No. 25, which is his signature number.
Rayden Sherman, his son, was born on February 5, thus it still works.
But it’s a new beginning, both in football and in turning the page on one of his life’s most trying chapters.
Sherman was detained on July 15 in Redmond,
Washington, in connection with an incident at his wife’s parents’ house.
He was charged with five crimes, including two charges of domestic assault (criminal trespass in the second degree and intentional mischief in the third degree),
as well as resisting arrest, driving while intoxicated, and reckless endangering of highway employees.
He has entered a not guilty plea to all five counts and is now undergoing therapy.
He claimed he was “truly sorry” for his conduct and “acted in a way I’m not proud of” in a message on Twitter in July.
Sherman will have a pretrial hearing in Washington on Friday.
Sherman termed the event “regrettable” on Wednesday, citing a 911 call from his wife,
who said Sherman was “drunk and aggressive” and threatening suicide.
“It led to some very good changes — some assistance, some treatments, some skills I didn’t have before,
” he added, “to address certain things that you sort of let builds up in your head.”
“You never have enough time to deal with them.” This isn’t the appropriate time.
It’s not the appropriate time in your life to be dealing with these thoughts and emotions.”
“It really pushed me to take a step back and seek for assistance and receive the support I need,
and not be scared or ashamed to do so.
” It’s amazing how many other individuals have stated they’ve experienced the same problem.
Because you constantly get the feeling that you’re on your own.
“You constantly get the impression that you’re the only one coping with this.
” It’s not something you’re trained to do, at least not in the Black community, to seek advice or assistance.
‘Hey guy, I’ll deal with it, tough it out, let’s go on to the next play,’ you always think.
‘Let’s go to the next play, next play, next play,’ as they say in football. ‘You gave up a touchdown?’ it’s like.
I can get an interception, so forget about it. The same may be said of life.
You never truly confront anything horrible or sad that occurs in your life. You’re simply like,
‘I need to improve and keep working toward my goals.’ ‘Right now, I can’t cope with it.’
Sherman said he got many letters from individuals who had gone through similar difficulties.
He said that he now has the proper support system in place.
“It’s not like I purposefully put myself out there,
” Sherman remarked of being in the public spotlight all the time. “You may either accept responsibility and attempt to assist as many people as possible through a terrible circumstance,
turning it into a good one, or you can hide.” And I made the decision not to hide.”
“I don’t believe Richard needs any more assistance,
but we have everything he requires,” coach Bruce Arians said. “So if he needs one — I’ve known Richard for a long time, 10, 11 years… We all make errors,” she says.
Sherman estimates that he’ll need approximately a week to prepare before on the field. Because cornerback Jamel Dean, who sustained a knee injury against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday,
practiced on Wednesday, Sherman’s return to the field may not be as urgent.
Sean Murphy-Bunting may be the Bucs’ lone starting cornerback on Sunday. Terminology will be the most difficult aspect of his transition.
Sherman, on the other hand, has slimmed down to his optimum playing weight of 195 pounds.
“If he’s out there this week, a lot of people are going to be injured,” Arians warned.
“We’ll see what happens….” He has a lot to learn, and he hasn’t worn pads in a long time.
He does, however, understand how to play the game.”
Sherman can still play at a high level, according to wide receiver Mike Evans.
The two most recently clashed in 2019.
“I had a few fights with him. He’s one of the best players of all time.
Very, very clever player, one of the best in the history of the game.
“I believe he’ll be a huge assistance to us,” Evans added. “He’s still got it,” says the narrator. His intellect is one thing he’ll never lose.”
In terms of whether Brady is still enraged, Sherman said that the two had traded jerseys four or five years ago.
He didn’t feel comfortable framing it and hanging it on the wall, so it’s now in a safe.
“‘I’m still angry, buddy,” Brady scrawled on it, according to Sherman. “He scribbled that on his shirt.” Richard Sherman