All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman has a great respect and admiration for Tom Brady and that's one of the reasons why he decided to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sherman, who spent the summer as a free agent and went without a team in the first three weeks of the seasons, signed with the Buccaneers this week.
Buccaneers quarterback Brady reached out to Sherman even before the Buccaneers front office did. "He's just a competitor. We have the same spirit in that regard," said Sherman, 33, a three-time first-team All-Pro, five-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl XLVIII champion.
"Anything that it takes to win, obsessed, a lot of what Kobe Bryant stood for -- the late, great -- and so you can appreciate that about each other. That's what kind of attracted me to come. He's the same kind of animal I am."
Sherman learning from his mistake
In July, Sherman was charged with five misdemeanors, including two counts of domestic violence -- criminal trespass in the second degree and malicious mischief in the third degree -- as well as resisting arrest, driving while under the influence and reckless endangerment of roadway workers.
"t led to some really positive changes -- some help, some therapies, some tools that I didn't have before -- to address some things that you kind of let stack up in your mind," he said. "You never have time to address them.
It's not the right moment. It's not the right place in your life to deal with these emotions and feelings." "It really forced me to step back and go ask for help and get the help I need and to not be afraid, to be proud to ask.
In that, it's been remarkable how many other people have said they had the same issue. Because you always feel like you're alone. You always feel like you're the only one dealing with this. "At least in the Black community -- it's one of those things that you're never taught to seek counsel, to seek help.
You always feel like, 'Hey man, I'll deal with it, tough it out, let's get to the next play.' In football terms, 'Let's get to the next play, next play, next play.' It's like, 'You give up a touchdown? Like forget about it, I can get an interception.
The same kind of holds true in life. If something terrible or tragic happens in life, you never really address it. You're just like, 'I have to get better and keep pushing towards my dreams. I can't deal with that right now.' "