Sometimes it takes one guy to make you hang it up.
In a recent podcast episode, Richard Sherman revealed that a crucial moment during a game against the Eagles in 2021 served as a wake-up call about the potential end of his career.
Reflecting on his experience covering DeVonta Smith, Sherman candidly shared the intense physical discomfort he encountered, stemming from his inability to swiftly change directions, a crucial skill needed for cornerback play against a dynamic and athletic receiver like Smith.
“DeVonta must’ve run this comeback ,” Sherman said, via Doug Farrar of USA Today. “I had him under control, I was like, bam, quick jam, easy, had him under control. He must’ve stopped and I tried to stop and my whole groin said, ‘Snap, snap, snap, snap,’ and I said, ‘Whoa, whoa.’”
That was the exact moment Sherman knew his time was up.
“Then you’re trying to guard and chasing him around and you’re like please don’t throw him the ball, please. My coach is looking at me on the sideline like, ‘Hey, you wanna come out, you wanna come out?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, but they’re in a hurry-up,’ so I’m like bailing out. At that moment I was like yeah, this is probably my last year. I don’t got it for these young dudes right here,” Sherman said.
Following his injury, Sherman was absent for the subsequent two months. He made a brief return in the final stages of the season, participating in two games, before ultimately concluding his career.