Time Magazine just voted the Seahawks star as a "pioneer" on its annual "100 Most Influential People" list. It appears his famous tipped pass in the NFC Championship Game and subsequent postgame interview sealed the deal. Here is an excerpt from the article:
"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. 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."
"At a time when most pro athletes flee social questions, Sherman tackles them head on. And he backs it up on the field too, leading the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl win. So keep talking, Sherm. We have much more to learn."
The hits just keep on coming for Sherman. Man, he's going to have a lot to brag about when the regular season starts.