He's clearly one of the best cornerbacks in the game, and after his Michael Crabtree taunt following the Seahawks' NFC title victory vs. San Francisco last season, Richard Sherman became one of the most controversial.
But he's smart, well-spoken, funny and a big reason why Seattle is the defending Super Bowl champions.
And now, according to Time magazine, Sherman is one of the most 100 influential people. It sounds like his monologue against Crabtree was a big reason why.
"Sherman's rant solidified his reputation as one of the brashest and most candid players in the buttoned-up NFL," writes Time's Sean Gregory. "More important, it sparked a national conversation about race, stereotyping and sportsmanship. When critics labeled the dreadlocked defensive star a 'thug,' Sherman, a Compton, Calif.–raised Stanford graduate, engaged the debate, asking if the term was today's way of calling him the N word? In a heartbeat, Sherman altered the discourse and emerged as the smartest voice in the room."
And apparently one of the most important.