Sherman is one of the league’s most intelligent and independent players — not that he needs anyone to vouch for him. He has achieved a level of success rarely enjoyed in the NFL, even brokering his own contract with the 49ers after finishing his Seattle stint in 2018. He has, of course, been more than willing to defend that approach on Twitter.MORE: Sherman slams critics: ‘In big games, I show up’Here’s everything you need to know about Sherman’s high school and Stanford careers — both on the gridiron and in the classroom — and how it led him to the NFL:Richard Sherman boasted a 4.2 GPASherman attended Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif., where he played receiver, cornerback and punt/kick returner for the Dons’ football team. He also ran track and field.An excellent student, Sherman graduated in 2006 with a 4.2 GPA, earning salutatorian honors. According to his website, he was the first student in 20 years “qualified to attend Stanford on both academic and athletic merits.” His 247Sports profile lists four schools that offered him scholarships, including one from UCLA.But Sherman was set on attending Stanford, a decision he explained by remembering an impactful recruiting visit from then-USC coach Pete Carroll.”I was a high school junior when I first met him. … At the time, it was one of the coolest experiences of my life,” Sherman wrote for Sports Illustrated. “He said, ‘You’ve got the perfect size to be a lock-up corner.’ I’d never heard that before: ‘lock-up’ corner. I made ‘lockup2006’ my email address and used it until I got to college.”I didn’t end up going to USC, because my mind was already made up to go to Stanford, and there was no way I was passing up the opportunity to get a Stanford education, but I could tell then there was something that separated Carroll from others coaches who recruited me.”Carroll, of course, later coached Sherman with the Seattle Seahawks.Richard Sherman studied communications at StanfordSherman earned a degree in communications in June 2010, three months before he would play his final season for the Cardinal. He balanced his education while playing football and earning two varsity letters in track and field.MORE: SN experts predict Super Bowl 54 winnerRichard Sherman played five seasons at StanfordSherman played five seasons at Stanford, from 2006 to 2010. He gained a fifth year of eligibility after he was granted a medical redshirt in 2008. He suffered a knee injury that season, which caused him to miss all but the first four games.Richard Sherman played receiver and cornerback at StanfordSherman began his career at Stanford as a receiver, playing the position from 2006 to 2008. He led the team in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches as a freshman in 2006, then led the team in receiving yards and touchdowns again in 2007. He finished with 84 receptions for 1,340 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.He switched to cornerback in the spring of his redshirt junior season, after he’d missed eight games in 2008. According to a 2014 article by The New York Times, coach Jim Harbaugh “shoved him to the bottom of the defensive-back depth chart, a scholarship player below the walk-ons.”That was part of a rift between the two, which started after Sherman injured his knee in 2008. According to an article by 247Sports, Harbaugh felt Sherman quit on the team after undergoing surgery and suggested he transfer. Sherman thought Harbaugh treated him unfairly. A likely cause of that rift was that Sherman felt Harbaugh stymied his natural personality in order to fit with a team-first mentality.Sherman touched on that in a 2014 interview with SI while explaining the different coaching methods employed by Harbaugh and Carroll: There’s more to Richard Sherman than his fiery personality.Indelibly, the lasting image most have of the 49ers cornerback is his viral outburst aimed at Michael Crabtree after the 2013 NFC Championship game. That competitive spirit, displayed in full that night, is merely one facet of the nine-year NFL veteran’s personality — not, as some have erroneously assumed, its entirety. “(Carroll’s) the polar opposite of (Harbaugh). … He allows his players to be who they are within the confines of the team, as long as it doesn’t hurt the team, he allows guys to be themselves,” Sherman said. “If you’re a loose guy and you dance at practice like I do, he allows you to be that guy. As long as when you’re on the field you do exactly what you’re supposed to do.”Sherman also said that feud with Harbaugh contributed to his outburst after the 2013 NFC Championship.Regardless, Sherman started all 26 games at cornerback for Stanford, compiling 113 tackles, 23 pass breakups and six interceptions over his final two seasons. The Cardinal went 20-6 in that stretch, including 12-1 in 2010. Sherman was selected with the 154th pick in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He later became an All-Pro corner with both the Seahawks and 49ers.
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – With a stunning $25 million fundraising haul for his presidential campaign, Democrat Barack Obama affirmed his status Wednesday as Hillary Rodham Clinton’s chief rival. The freshman Illinois senator proved he could channel his appeal into significant financial muscle, and he dispelled, for now, questions about the durability of his anti-war, ”hope”-driven candidacy. Obama’s total for the first three months of the year stopped just short of the record $26 million Clinton brought in. By any measure, it was an astonishing figure for a political newcomer elected to the Senate just two years ago. ”It means we’ve got broad-based support, and I’m very proud of that,” Obama told The Associated Press while campaigning in Mason City. ”We’re particularly proud that we were able to do this without any money from federal lobbyists or PACs.” Asked if the fundraising totals puts the Democratic nomination in a two-way race between Clinton and himself, Obama said: ”It’s way too early. It indicates that people are really engaged and enthusiastic, and the crowds we’ve been attracting, I think, are indicative of a broad base of support across the country.” In an e-mail message to supporters, Obama said his fundraising success represented ”an unmistakable message to the political establishment in Washington about the power and seriousness of our challenge.” His campaign released additional details illustrating the breadth of Obama’s support. He had 100,000 contributors in the first quarter, with more than half donating online for a total of $6.9 million. Clinton, by contrast, had about 50,000 contributors and raised $4.2 million online. The campaign said at least $23.5 million of the $25 million total was available to be used in the highly competitive primary race. The Clinton campaign has yet to disclose how much of her $26 million can be used for the primary and how much was earmarked for the general election. Clinton also transferred $10 million from her Senate account, bringing her total campaign funds to $36 million. Obama’s strong showing was a blow to Clinton, who sought to position herself as her party’s strongest White House contender in part through her fundraising prowess. She has spent years developing a national fundraising network through two Senate campaigns and her husband’s eight years as president. Obama began his campaign with a relatively small donor base concentrated largely in Illinois, his home state. But his early opposition to the Iraq war and voter excitement over his quest to be the first black president quickly fueled a powerful fundraising machine. He attracted Wall Street executives and big-money Hollywood moguls like billionaire David Geffen, a former Clinton supporter who shifted allegiances. But he also focused on smaller donations and raised money in several small cities, a practice Clinton aides say she will follow this quarter. Still, her strategists point to numerous state and national polls that show Obama consistently trailing Clinton. A new poll of New Hampshire Democrats by CNN and WMUR showed Edwards surging into second place. Clinton was leading with 27 percent, Edwards had 21 percent and Obama 20 percent. Clinton was at home in New York Wednesday and had no comment on Obama’s announcement. But her campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle, issued a statement congratulating Obama and said the fundraising of all the Democratic contenders ”demonstrates the overwhelming desire for change in our country.” Indeed, first quarter financial tallies show the Democrats vastly outpacing their GOP counterparts. Preliminary figures show the Democrats raised about $80 million combined, while Republicans pulled in only about $40 million. Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards reported $14 million in new contributions, including $1 million for the general election. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said he had raised $6 million and had more than $5 million cash on hand. Aides to Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd said he raised more than $4 million and transferred nearly $5 million from his Senate campaign, for a total of $9 million in receipts and $7.5 million cash on hand. Delaware Sen. Joe Biden lagged behind, with his staff reporting that he had total receipts of nearly $4 million, nearly half of which was transferred from his Senate campaign account. Among the Republican candidates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the top money-raiser with $23 million, another eye-catching sum that placed him in the same league with Clinton and Obama and left his GOP rivals in the dust. Former New York City Mayor Giuliani raised $15 million for the quarter, while Arizona Sen. John McCain posted $12.5 million. Giuliani leads the GOP field in national popularity polls, followed by McCain. For his part, Giuliani said Wednesday he was impressed with Obama’s money totals. ”Congratulations. I admire his fundraising ability. It shows he has a tremendous amount of support,” Giuliani told reporters in Florida. But Edwards said in an interview with Davenport, Iowa, television station KWQC that the prodigious campaign fundraising was evidence that presidential races should be publicly financed. ”We shouldn’t be doing these money contests. They’re not healthy, they’re not good for democracy,” Edwards said. Clinton made a similar plea for public financing Monday, even though she was the first candidate to completely opt out of the public funding system since it was established over 30 years ago. Since then, both Obama and Edwards have followed suit. Donors can give just $2,300 apiece for the primary election, but Clinton, Obama and Edwards can also solicit another $2,300 from each donor to be used in the general election. The money has to be returned if they don’t win the nomination. Clinton’s campaign often solicited the $4,600 donations, while Obama’s campaign focused on recruiting small dollar donors. In the coming months, he can return to those donors and ask those who haven’t maxed out to give more. But Fred Hochberg, a top Clinton fundraiser, said it was important to remember that Clinton had still come out on top. ”She did spectacularly well,” Hochberg said. ”It would be one thing if Hillary raised $14 million or something, but she did so much better than that. If fundraising is a show if strength, she shows enormous strength.” Beth Fouhy reported from New York. Associated Press writers Brendan Farrington in Tallahassee, Fla., and Mike Glover in Mason City, Iowa, contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!