After Richard Sherman s rookie season with the Seattle Seahawks in 2011, he and some friends from college went to Las Vegas.
And he won $40,000 at the craps table.
He rolled snake eyes, I think it was four times in a row, and he called every single one of them and won all this money on four straight rolls, said Kellen Kiilsgaard, one of Sherman s former teammates and roommates at Stanford. It was one of the most surreal things I ve ever seen.
That just tells you that when Sherman puts his mind to something, and he tells you what he s gonna do, he follows through.
By now everyone knows Richard Sherman. He s the Seattle cornerback who set up the interception that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl. Following the play, Sherman mocked San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree, and gave one of the most memorable post game interviews in history.
I m the best corner in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that s the result you gonna get, Sherman screamed at Fox sideline reporter Erin Andrews, Don t you ever talk about me. [...] Don t you open your mouth about the best or I m gonna shut it for you real quick.
Back home in San Francisco, Kiilsgaard smiled. He wasn t surprised at how his friend reacted. He s seen this passion firsthand, be it on the football field, or in their college living room playing video games.
He takes his Madden games, his NBA 2K games the same way he takes his NFL matchups, Kiilsgaard said, laughing. If you lose, you re going to hear about it for a week. I ve been called a sorry Madden competitor plenty of times by him.
So to a very small extent, Kiilsgaard can empathize with Crabtree.
Richard has a way with words, he continued. Sherman finds a way into your head and I think that s never going to change about him. That s part of the way he competes.
When the two lived together, Kiilsgaard, who played football and baseball during his college career and is now a wealth advisor at Merrill Lynch, said Sherman would always come home late and watch film every night. Sometimes Kiilsgaard would ask, It s not even the season right now, what are you studying? Sherman would be watching film of himself from the previous season over and over again.
The two have texted a little bit back and forth since Sherman s interview. Kiilsgaard told his friend good game and that he loved the sound bite.
He laughed, Kiilsgaard said. He s just excited. This is the biggest moment of his career so far and I m sure he s just living up every moment.