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Richard Sherman launches “Blanket Coverage” charity

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It’s hard to figure out Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.  Highly talented as a player, he comes off at times as salty and abrasive.  He can unnecessarily boastful, prideful, and immodest.

But he’s also using his platform and influence for the good of others.

According to the team’s official website, Sherman has launched “Blanket Coverage — The Richard Sherman Family Foundation.”  The goal of the charity will be to “channel its resources to ensure that as many children as possible are provided with proper school supplies and adequate clothing.”

The effort launches Saturday night with a dinner in Seattle; tickets are available here.  The next day, a charity softball game will be held in Tacoma.  Tickets to that event can be purchased here.

We recently noticed that Sherman apparently has matured, choosing the high road over picking fights.  He’s definitely taking the high road with the launching of his charity, and we respect him for that.

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37 Responses to “Richard Sherman launches “Blanket Coverage” charity”
  1. mathomp3 says: Jul 4, 2013 11:54 AM

    People are going to hate on Sherm but for as much time as he spends running his mouth, he spends even more helping out others.

  2. bengalguy says: Jul 4, 2013 11:54 AM

    Good for him! It’s good to see athletes giving back.
    That being said…..he’s no less of a D-Bag !!! And his talk is better thsn his walk.

  3. hansenbrothers says: Jul 4, 2013 11:54 AM

    Good for him. He’s still a loudmouth jerk though.

  4. themackstrong says: Jul 4, 2013 11:57 AM

    I can understand that some of the things Sherman does gets under people’s skin especially when he is trash talking your team. In Seattle he one of those guys that shows appreciation to the fans and in his life he is community based and gives back people noticed his “one on one” with Snoop but it was for inner city football league. Not saying you have to like the guy but as a player and person he is without question worthy of respect.

  5. brendank11 says: Jul 4, 2013 11:57 AM

    Kid from Compton, went to Stanford, no criminal history and gives back as much as he can in offseason (there’s been a lot more than his charity launch).

    Yes everyone, keep hating him. Meanwhile, the players on your team are:

    Bottling teammates
    Killing people
    Driving drink
    Doing drugs
    Domestic violence offenders

    Think we need better perspective in our reasons for “hate” towards athletes.

  6. hedleykow says: Jul 4, 2013 12:00 PM

    And later this year, Sherman will provide proper schooling to the 49′ers offense.

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 4, 2013 12:02 PM

    “Blanket Coverage”

    I love it. Good stuff Richard Sherman. Wish you were on the Lions.

    Well at least I did before I heard today on PFT from Glover Quin that the Lions are overloaded with such great guys, so maybe we have 4 or 5 Richard Shermans now? *rolling eyes*

  8. ripster65 says: Jul 4, 2013 12:07 PM

    What are the chances his agent said something along the lines of “You need to do this to help clean up your image or you’ll never get any endorsements”?

  9. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Jul 4, 2013 12:15 PM

    An ahole is still an ahole even if he does something decent every once in a while.
    I wouldn’t say he’s really matured much at all but my guess would be that he’s probably stopped juicing and so now the associated roid rage is gone.

  10. kylexitron says: Jul 4, 2013 12:23 PM

    Sherman’s been doing charity work all year. I’ve never seen a guy so busy with his off-season working for others. For everyone saying he’s just doing it to ‘fix his image’, you’ve obviously never really listened to Sherman speak. Unlike most players who leave college early, Sherman finished his Bachelor’s at Stanford and immediately began working on his Masters.

    The much more likely scenario is that Sherman decided that as a late round draft pick, his great play wasn’t going to get him recognized as much as it would if he coupled it with being a polarizing figure, and is now using that to his advantage.

    He’s been part of no less than 4 or 5 charity campaigns this off-season. If you think that’s all just to clean up his image of attacking Skip Brainless, or any of the talking he did on the field, you’re not very smart.

  11. nyyjetsknicks says: Jul 4, 2013 12:23 PM

    It’s really not that hard to understand that guys can be cut throat in business but still want to help those less fortunate than he is. Look at Bill Gates. Did what is ever was necessary to stomp out the competion but is giving away a very large part of his net worth.

  12. brendank11 says: Jul 4, 2013 12:26 PM

    johnelwayishorsefaced says:
    Jul 4, 2013 12:15 PM
    An ahole is still an ahole even if he does something decent every once in a while.
    I wouldn’t say he’s really matured much at all but my guess would be that he’s probably stopped juicing and so now the associated roid rage is gone.
    —————————
    To be fair, it isn’t once in a while. He’s been giving back the ENTIRE offseason, travelling across the US to do so. Why don’t you know about this? Because he’s not drawing attention to himself for it. He’s not doing it for image redemption, he’s doing it because it’s where his heart is at.

  13. scoobaj says: Jul 4, 2013 12:27 PM

    Sherm is from Compton, a Stanford grad and quickly became the best CB in the game… He used the media and the NFL stage to make himself known with some controversial statements and talk. Sherm knew exactly what he was doing. He doesn’t like how he is sometimes perceived, so he’s switching it up a bit. He hasn’t necessarily matured more, he’s just content with his status as an all-pro media star and is now using it for good.

  14. Iknoweverything says: Jul 4, 2013 12:29 PM

    Smartest in the league at life
    Best CB in the league
    Plays with the best GB in the game
    Classiest player in the game

    Every player wants to be Richard Sherman, they are just too shy to admit it

  15. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Jul 4, 2013 12:32 PM

    thestrategyexpert says:
    Jul 4, 2013 12:02 PM
    “Blanket Coverage”

    I love it. Good stuff Richard Sherman. Wish you were on the Lions.

    Well at least I did before I heard today on PFT from Glover Quin that the Lions are overloaded with such great guys, so maybe we have 4 or 5 Richard Shermans now? *rolling eyes*

    You should go back and actually read the article and see what Quinn really said.

  16. dirtyharry44 says: Jul 4, 2013 12:40 PM

    Hey Florio. Keep the personal comments to yourself. It’s hard to figure him out? Really??

    This isn’t Pacman Jones you’re writing about. Sherman is intelligent, a Stanford Grad and someone who believes in charity and working with kids who are less fortunate than others.

    Amazing how many morons comment on this site.
    A true reflection on how society as a whole is going downhill, and fast.

  17. malkinrulez says: Jul 4, 2013 12:54 PM

    brendank11 I believe the Seahawks have their share of suspensions. I do however enjoy Sherman , football is entertainment and he is entertaining

  18. braceyourselffor12 says: Jul 4, 2013 1:03 PM

    Just the front office making him do some PR to help clean up his and the team image. Doesn’t change the fact that he’s an overrated blowhard on a team fu of PED using chumps.

    2013 Seahawks on the road back to mediocrity.

  19. bigdon76 says: Jul 4, 2013 1:38 PM

    Sherman doesnt pick fights. He got socked in the mouth. # Trent williams

  20. nygiantstones says: Jul 4, 2013 1:47 PM

    How about we hold off on applauding this move until the first year’s financials are available. Tons of athletes set up charities as tax havens, for good PR, and as a way to funnel money to their relatives. Let’s see what this loud mouth, low class player does.

  21. billyb1970 says: Jul 4, 2013 2:18 PM

    Im not a big fan of the guy but I like what hes doing here

  22. 509seahawks says: Jul 4, 2013 2:19 PM

    Richard Sherman is still better at life then skip bayless.

  23. pacificnw7722 says: Jul 4, 2013 2:41 PM

    It’s very nice that Sherm helps out the less fortunate. Thank You.

    GO HAWKS!!

  24. donnymacjack says: Jul 4, 2013 2:42 PM

    To say he is hard to figure out is to say you didn’t take the time to figure him out.

    He runs his mouth, yes he does. Definitely. But he does it with a purpose and a reason. It both motivates him and gets under the skin of those he competes against. But put him outside of the typical media halo and the guy is thoughtful, sincere, and giving.

    In fact I wonder just how many people know that RS (on a regular basis) picks up food and then hands it out to needy folks on the street.

    There is not a fan out there…not even in 49er country…that wouldn’t love to have this guy on their team.

    So please, feel free to hate him as it drives his motivation. But also please feel free to continue to wish you had him in your community and on your team. His talent and heart warrant it.

  25. themackstrong says: Jul 4, 2013 3:10 PM

    nygianbigdon76 says: Jul 4, 2013 1:38 PM

    Sherman doesnt pick fights. He got socked in the mouth. # Trent williams

    —————————————

    And Trent Williams get send to the ER by a 5′ foot Hawaiian gangster at the Pro Bowl. # Karma

  26. bigdon76 says: Jul 4, 2013 3:13 PM

    Be a role model a lead by example. Own up to your mistakes. Dont use a technacality to act like you did not take adderall. Everyone knows you did. One thing you did say that was correct is the seahawks will be the bigger team and take the high road when asked about JH comments. PEDS will make your team bigger. Cant wait for the next idiot in seattle to get caught drinking off a teamates waterbottle

  27. EJ says: Jul 4, 2013 3:15 PM

    Every athlete in the NFL should use their fame and fortune to help the less fortunate people in the world. I’m not saying they have to spend a bunch of their money, donating time works just as well. Spending time with a fatherless child, helping to rehab a home, giving back to that same community that supports you and your team. Normal hard working blue collar Americans do it, why can’t these lucky NFL Players?

    Thumbs up for Sherman and his charities!

  28. drgreenstreak says: Jul 4, 2013 3:21 PM

    Richard Sherman is like a small child in need of attention.

    I do not wish he was on my team. He represents the Seahawks and that is fitting. Loudmouth & Co. love Seahawks, the bird that doesn’t exist except in the minds of anal drunks who live in the rain.

  29. kylexitron says: Jul 4, 2013 4:06 PM

    As a hardcore Seahawks fan It’s pretty awesome to have Wilson on one side of the ball and Sherman on the other. Wilson is the epitome of a hard working film-studying QB who does everything right on and off the field, not only as a player but as a man. On the other side of the Ball Sherman provides the swagger, is one of the best shut-down CB’s in the NFL, and uses his notoriety and turns it into support for great causes.

  30. sweetnlow44 says: Jul 4, 2013 4:08 PM

    Hard to figure out? No, he’s not hard to figure out. You’ve just been too busy doing everything you can to smear his name to notice that he’s a good human being and always has been. He’s a fierce competitor who plays a violent game with a chip on his shoulder and talks trash. I’m going to guess that not many NFL players don’t talk trash. I can accept that fans of opposing teams don’t like him. He’s confident and he’s good. But to say he’s a bad person because of some trash talk is a little shortsighted.

  31. northstarnic says: Jul 4, 2013 7:17 PM

    He’s still a effin clown. And a juicer.

  32. lakermetskins says: Jul 4, 2013 9:33 PM

    “Now this is the type of guy I can respect and would love to have a beer with.”

    Signed,
    Roddy White

  33. dans761 says: Jul 4, 2013 10:00 PM

    Doesnt matter what Sherman does, the haters who hated him before will always hate him. GOD FORBID a football player noneless an athlete is a big talker about his sport?! This is unheard of. Its not like Chad Johnson, Ray Lewis, Steve Smith, Cortland Finnegan, Deion Sanders, Desean Jackson, Joey Porter, Terrell Owens, Darnell Dockett, Jeremy Shockey, Shawne Merriman, DeAngelo Hall and many many others have ever trash talked! I bet if you ask the fans on those teams the players play for, they’ll say they love the player. BUT all the haters who dont have big mouths who back up their talk on their team whine like chicks! WELCOME TO THE NFL. Trash talking happens! I know… Hard to believe isnt it?!

    Richard Sherman is a great person. He does a LOT for charities, goes to football camps for kids, visits sick children in the hospital, bends over backwards for his fans and is bitterly loyal to his teammates!

    He’s as unselfish as they come but soft people wanna complain because he’s a trash talker in his profession? COMMON! Stop being such soft hypocrites. Trash talking in MOST sports happens. NFL, NBA, NHL, Soccer and other sports. Its not a new thing to trash talk. I just think the “fans” who don’t have Sherman on their team are painfully jealous! Its funny because the normal people can see right through you!

  34. dans761 says: Jul 4, 2013 10:12 PM

    Be a role model a lead by example. Own up to your mistakes. Dont use a technacality to act like you did not take adderall. Everyone knows you did. One thing you did say that was correct is the seahawks will be the bigger team and take the high road when asked about JH comments. PEDS will make your team bigger. Cant wait for the next idiot in seattle to get caught drinking off a teamates waterbottle
    ===================================
    Funny how a dolt like you starts talking about ethics, leadership and owning up to mistakes THEN you start insulting him like a 13 year old! He said he didnt take adderall. Now if you don’t wanna believe him fine, but don’t talk about ethics in 1 paragraph, then use no ethics as a platform to respond to a question he’s already answered! Sherman didnt even talk about JH Einstein! You make this country a dumber place, please don’t talk ethics and morals ever again!

  35. thefox61 says: Jul 4, 2013 11:50 PM

    And I suppose you have the smoking gun nicvanbergen76 (aka northstarnic)?

  36. bpeterson464 says: Jul 5, 2013 2:30 AM

    One thing that people aren’t taking into account, he really doesn’t make much money compared to the players that are as good as he is. 555,000 this year. That’s a lot of money, but when you consider the work that he does in the community, buying groceries for random downtown families, doing tons of camps for inner-city kids (remember the comments he made about his lack of a relationship with Harbaugh? that was at one such camp) and then stuff like this, it’s a wonder that he has the time and money to do all this.

    Oh, and that’s an awesome name for a place he runs.

  37. bpeterson464 says: Jul 5, 2013 2:33 AM

    For those who say that he used PEDs, I say this: what is more likely, that he used PEDs for a season and a half (he was playing lights out in 2011 too, just the second half of the season), all the negative tests were wrong, and the one test that did finally get it right just so happened to have a crack in the cup that could have led to contamination of the sample, or that he wasn’t using PEDs, this was a fluke and an example of why that cracked cup rule is in place. Which is more reasonable?

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