Here's a chunk of Richard Sherman's first weekly column for SI's Monday Morning Quarterback:
My name is Richard Sherman. I’m a 25-year-old cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks. You might know me for my mouth, but I hope you get to know me this season in The MMQB for two other things: being a great football player, and being an enlightened person.
I’ve agreed to write a regular column for this new website, and I’m excited about getting a player’s view of the game out in the media. Hopefully it will give you an unfiltered look into my life, my team and the lives of all NFL players.
The easiest way to start my first column would be to pick a new fight with someone. You might remember me for challenging Tom Brady after we beat the Patriots last fall, getting in his face after I felt he disrespected us. Or for the Twitter skirmish I got into with Darrelle Revis earlier this year, where I used facts to point out why I’m on his level as a player. Or when I demolished Skip Bayless on ESPN’s First Take. But before I throw out the first opinion—and I have quite a few of those—I want to tell you a few things about myself: where I’m from, who raised me, how I got to be where I am today. Then maybe you’ll understand why I’m so opinionated.