Everybody knows the NFL stands for Not For Long, so it plays into how you play and how you behave. 10 Things I Learned After America Learned About Me by Richard Sherman

Sherman made a similar point to students at his former high school:

Football players at Dominguez High reminisce about the time last spring that Sherman returned and gathered the team in the weight room. “Who wants to make the NFL?” he asked. Fifty-odd hands shot up. “Now, tell me how long the average NFL career lasts?” he said. One boy guessed 10 years, another seven, another five. “Three-and-a-half years,” Sherman interrupted. “So what are you going to prepare for: Three-and-a-half years? Or the rest of your life?”

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Even when they’re taking money out of my pockets with fines, 10 Things I Learned After America Learned About Me by Richard Sherman

Sherman was fined a meager $7,875 for “unsportsmanlike conduct and taunting” in the NFC Championship game, the offending action being identified as the “choking” sign he made to Colin Kaepernick

Conversely, Sherman has been offered upwards of $5 million in endorsements since the interview, and he should be signing a huge contract in two years, so his pockets weren’t hurt majorly by any means

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And potentially more sales of my jersey, 10 Things I Learned After America Learned About Me by Richard Sherman

This did, in fact, happen: after the “rant,” Sherman’s jersey jumped to the tenth highest selling in the NFL this season

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This stage is bigger than I thought it was. 10 Things I Learned After America Learned About Me by Richard Sherman

55.9 million watched Sherman go off.

That’s 13.9 million more than last year’s NFC Championship game.

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Somebody tweeted it at me after the NFC Championship Game. 10 Things I Learned After America Learned About Me by Richard Sherman

Sherm was pretty disappointed with many of the Tweets directed at him after the now infamous post-game interview, but this seems to be one pretty constructive tweet

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Then you hear Stanford, and they're like, 'oh man, that doesn't even make sense, that's an oxymoron.' "Thug" is Code for Something Else by Richard Sherman

Sherman deliberately chose Stanford over Carroll-coached, wildly successful USC to show that it was possible to go from such a rough place to such a prestigious school:

I wanted to make a statement. It was weird. It didn’t sound right. But I had to prove it was possible: Compton to Stanford.

Sherman was, of course, an exceptional student, scoring a 1400 on his SATs (back when the maximum was 1600 points), and earning a 4.2 GPA (and Salutatorian honors) at Dominguez High School; he missed being valedictorian by less than one tenth of a grade point.

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What's the definition of a thug really? Can a guy on a football field just talking to people? Maybe I'm talking loudly and doing something I'm not supposed to. "Thug" is Code for Something Else by Richard Sherman

This is the basis of Sherman’s argument for him not being a thug: he doesn’t really do any “thuggish” activities. He just talks, on a football field, where testosterone is flying, and men are paid to act aggressively

He’s applauded for this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl9HT9Ec4Cg#t=10

and called a thug for this?

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There was a hockey game where they didn't even play hockey, they just threw the puck aside and started fighting. "Thug" is Code for Something Else by Richard Sherman

Not even an exaggeration.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vlel1VPZ4zA

(This happened one day after the Seahawks/49ers game.)

Hockey & Lacrosse players are known for being far more violent on and off the field (including several players/teams going through high profile rape cases) than players of any other sport, yet because those sports are dominated by white athletes, the players aren’t labeled as thugs.

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