Richard Sherman Answers Kids' Questions
The Seahawks star is happy to sign autographs for his many fans.
PHOTO COURTESY OF RICHARD SHERMAN
Seattle Seahawks' star cornerback Richard Sherman and asked him to answer the following great questions from Seattle-area kids. The kids covered a wide range of topics, including being a dad, introducing his kids to sports, keeping up academics while playing sports, his all-time favorite player and his favorite pizza - not the usual subjects he talks about with the sports reporters!
What’s your favorite thing about being a dad? — Jake, age 8
Getting to watch them grow and learning new things about the world every day. From new words to new foods, it is a new experience every day for my kids. I also love seeing myself in someone else. It is really a special feeling that you truly won’t understand until you are a parent yourself.
Why did you choose football over all the other sports you could’ve chosen? — Sawyer, age 12
I’m competitive by nature. I played almost every sport when I was growing up... baseball, track and field, basketball and football. I found myself most passionate about playing football. It was my favorite sport to play, so I ultimately stuck with it. Glad I did!
Around what age should parents start introducing sports, like football, so it has the biggest impact on their academics, health and overall quality of life? — Devin May, age 12
I started playing sports when I was 5 or 6 years old, and it had a lasting impact on me. I believe there is value in starting your kids young. Sports teaches the values of discipline, hard work and commitment. It will give your life structure. Any sport can give you these qualities, whether it’s football, hockey, golf or karate.
What was your favorite subject in school? Why? — Madison, age 10
History. I am a real history buff. I love learning about different cultures and traditions and where they came from.
How will you coach your kids in different sports? — Sunshine, age 5, and Smiley, age 3
I would start with instilling the two most important values for any position in life... discipline and knowledge. No matter the sport, the subject, the job, discipline and knowledge are two crucial elements that can enable you to be the best teammate and can give you an advantage over your competitors.
What academic advice would you give to someone who wants to attend Stanford? — Dallas, age 10
Stanford has an incredibly high academic standard. I always made academics a priority. It was my goal to achieve an A in every class. My advice would be to set small, incremental goals and put in the work to achieve them. No matter how much time you have to commit to football, do not use that as an excuse to not get your homework done.
Who’s your favorite legendary football player?
Charles Woodson. Great defensive back who played multiple positions and played at an exceptionally high level his entire career.
What’s your dream job outside of professional sports?
I love talking sports. If I wasn’t playing football, I’d want to be an analyst or a coach.
What’s your favorite pizza?
Pepperoni and jalapeño.
The 2016 Richard Sherman Celebrity Softball Tournament is a family-fun event as well as a fundraiser happening Sunday, July 10. Get details here.
THANKS to all the awesome Tiny 12's for submitting all your great questions in the Seattle's Child and BodyArmour "Tiny 12's Ask Richard" Facebook event in May.
BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Melissa Ross, the winner of our drawing!
Melissa Ross and her son, winners of the Seattle's Child & BodyArmour "Tiny 12's Ask Sherman" Facebook Event, will attend the Richard Sherman Celebrity Softball Tournament on July 10th and meet Richard Sherman.