Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have been named two of Time Magazine’s most influential people of 2014.
Casual sports fans probably didn’t know much about Sherman until his now famous NFC Championship postgame interview with Erin Andrews in which he boasted that he was the best cornerback in the game and called Michael Crabtree of the San Francisco 49ers a “sorry receiver.”
“Sherman’s rant solidified his reputation as one of the brashest and most candid players in the buttoned-up NFL. More important, it sparked a national conversation about race, stereotyping and sportsmanship,” writes Time’s Sean Gregory. “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.”
Time calls Amazon’s Bezos the tech industry’s “most enduring innovator.”
“He went on a wild ride: from original hero of Internet commerce to poster child of dotcom hype to a second act on par with Steve Jobs’ return to Apple,” writes Peter Thiel, adding that no company reinvests its profits like Amazon.