Richard Sherman*Just because Richard Sherman is extremely paid after recently signing a $56 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks doesn’t mean his dad should expect dividends from his athletic son.

Instead, Kevin Sherman prefers to continue his work hard mentality by waking up at 3:45 a.m. to begin his workday as a garbage-truck driver in Los Angeles, as he told the LA Times last year.

“It’s something to keep busy, and it’s easy now. If I take a day off, I don’t need to worry about where my money is coming from,” said Kevin Sherman, who revealed to Sports Illustrated‘s Robert Klemko that he’s only 18 months away from earning his pension and didn’t want to live off his son. “I want to get that pension and the medical benefits just so it’s one more thing my son doesn’t have to worry about. I’m always going to be making money. I want to fix it so that even when I’m not working, I’m getting paid.”

Kevin ShermanAlthough he’s been doing the same job for 26 years, Sherman, who lost his right eye in a go-kart explosion when he was 14, mentioned that he’s OK with taking a day off every so often. The father’s work ethic obviously impacted Richard Sherman and his brother, as the athlete acknowledge how much of an example his father and mother, Beverley, works with disabled inner-city children, have set for them.

“It forced my brother and me to understand priorities and family,” Richard told Farmer last year. “You’ve got to do everything in your power to make sure your family is taken care of.”

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