*A Loudmouth?! Try a hard working, educated black man instead.
There’s a side of Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman not many people know about.
The vociferous (and in some eyes, controversial) pro-football playing public speaker is more than just that.
In fact his father, Kevin Sherman, shares the side of his son that’s not talked about.
His son isn’t an athlete alone, but an educated man who had a 4.2 GPA at Dominguez High in Compton and went to Stanford — not a media-deemed loudmouth who talks trash. However, Sherman elder does haul trash.
He gets up before the sun comes up to haul trash in his truck and has provided for his family by working for the LA sanitation department for 26 years.
“People say, ‘Let your son take care of you,'” said the elder Sherman, 50. “Yeah, but I’ve got a few years left until I retire. Why would I mess up my own retirement? Why should my son have to foot everything? I have a medical plan that will cover me. Why should my son have to pay my medical bills? It doesn’t make sense to me.”
Not only will his hard-working dad not take handouts, but his mother, Beverly Sherman, works with disabled inner-city children.
“She’s always been the one holding down the household. . . . I’ve gone up there many times to see her and spend time with the kids. It’s remarkable, man. That’s probably as humbling as it gets,” Richard said.
He continued with, “I think it was incredibly significant,” Richard said of his parents’ example. “It forced my brother and me to understand priorities and family. You’ve got to do everything in your power to make sure your family is taken care of.”
Like father like son, Kevin Sherman was an athlete growing up and in a way, his son is living his dream. After hanging with the wrong crowd and being shot twice, he began to work harder — working at fast-food restaurants and a flower shop before his current job.
“After that I said, ‘To hell with hanging out with people,'” he said. “I went out and got a job, and I’ve worked ever since.”
He continued with, “it’s not as tough as it used to be,” he said. “We used to hand-load. We’d literally pick up the cans and dump them. Now, it’s gotten a little easier. It’s more of a prideful job now; you stay clean most of the day. The old days were sweaty. You’d bust your back just to get through… It was the price I had to pay to feed my family.”
Richard acknowledged his dad’s upbringing was tough.
“Just living with one eye is tough in its own right. But then all the adversity that came with it, it’s remarkable how far he’s come and how hard he’s worked. When I was young, I tried to drive with one eye closed just to see how hard it was. I can’t imagine going through that,” Richard said.
Richard Sherman’s family was at the Super Bowl and witnessed him win!
“I’m so glad my dad was there to see that,” Richard said. “You always want to make your dad proud, and I’m very happy he got a chance to see that game. He also had a dream to play in the NFL and do all these things, but it didn’t end up working out because of all these circumstances. He’s been able to live vicariously through his son. That makes me pretty happy too.”