Richard Sherman is a native of Compton, California. He played football at Stanford, where he had a 3.9 GPA. Initially recruited as a wide receiver, Sherman made the switch entering his third season, citing injuries sustain his first two seasons as well as team need. He entered the 2011 draft and was selected with in the fifth round by the Seattle Seahawks.
With Sherman, along with strong safety Kam Chancellor, free safety Earl Thomas III, forms "the Legion of Boom," Seattle's backfield, which has been one of the best in the league since his arrival. Often cited as one of the best defensive players in the league, Sherman prides himself on the mental aspects of his game, and is adept at picking apart QB's and jumping routes. He is third among active players in both interceptions and passes deflected, and ranks first in these categories since 2011.