The backlash from Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman's undressing of 49ers wideout Michael Crabtree after the NFC Championship received an equal and opposite backlash, so it's only natural we follow Tuesday's post about a New York City prep calling Sherman "amateurish" with a prep-related story about the lighter side of the NFL All-Pro.
This past summer, Sherman received a letter written to his Blanket Coverage foundation from Tukwila (Wash.) Foster High football coach Matt Leonard regarding his school's "unique challenges and strengths, including its high levels of poverty and diversity." The Seahawks star's response explains in part why so many people have jumped to his defense.
Sherman arrived at Foster's homecoming rally in October with new cleats for the entire football team, challenged Leonard and his players to a dance-off set to Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How to Dougie," and then handed out backpacks filled with school supplies to 120 at-risk students, promising to support them annually if they lived up to to a signed "pledge to improve their grades, show up for school and be good citizens."
MaxPreps uncovered video footage of the dance-off, and it's spectacular. The Seahawks website has more footage of Sherman's impressive moves during the school's prep rally, where he also spoke to the entire student body about overcoming adversity and bullying.
"You just have to give kids that kind of motivation, that anything is possible -- the sky's the limit," said Sherman, a star at Compton (Calif.) Domingez High before attending Stanford. "Regardless of where you come from, what has happened in your life, what adversity has happened, you can achieve anything you want to achieve. I just want to be a positive influence on them and show them that there are ways to be successful, there are certain paths you can take to be successful and to achieve all the goals you want to achieve."
All the while, Sherman was wearing a "YOU MAD BRO?" sweatshirt, a not-so-subtle reference to a previous postgame trash-talking session with Patriots QB Tom Brady.
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