(Photo tweeted by Richard Sherman – new fan-gear shirt he’s selling)
If you think you’ve heard every viewpoint imaginable about the famous Richard Sherman TV moment right after the Seahawks‘ NFC championship win last Sunday – here’s one more: Schmitz Park Elementary fifth-grade teacher Chris McCall e-mailed us and a couple of citywide news organizations, explaining, “I asked my students to sound off on their blogs about Sherman’s tirade. Their comments are unedited, but interesting. So, I thought I might try to get a few published by sending them to you.” We’ve already had more than a few (presumed) grownups speak out about this, so why not hear from younger fans? Read on for the (unedited, as sent) fifth-graders’ thoughts:
I think Richard Sherman did not overdo it. He grew Compton LA around guns drugs and gangs. He worked hard to graduate and get into Stanford and graduated in high school at the top of his class while his friends are probably being sent to jail. He worked so hard to be the best cornerback in the nfl and he is not allowed to brag about that? Imagine the feeling you have worked very hard your whole life and you are jumping as high as you can trying to save your team from losing by 1 point and you stick your hand out and know if you fail all that work is over and you let your team down and the second the ball hits your hand you know its over and you won. We put up with a lot of junk from pro athletes and if somone who worked hard to b the best claims he is the best cant we just let him have his win? Why Cant we accept people that are louder and more proud than others? He earned that win and being a good sport is important but aren’t winners allowed to cheer? He earned it.
i think he did that because Crabtree was talking smack to sherman during the game so i think he did the right thing. and sherman was soooo excited that they were going to the super bowl so he was getting really happy . and i bet he couldnt believe that they won. i think Crabtree was being a bad sport so thats why sherman did that. but i do think it is wrong that he said he was the best player in the league. and after sherman tipped the ball sherman was trying to shake Crabtrees hand but crabtree punched sherman in the face mask
I have mixed thoughts about what he said. First of all I think that he was just super excited and he was happy that they were going into the super bowl and he was just speaking without thinking. Also i think his excitement got the best of him. But I also think that what he said was not nice to his team or the 49ers. What he said wrong about his team was that he was making the impression that he won the game and without him they would have not won, which was not true. Because the win was a result of teamwork. Also what he said about the 49ers team was unsportsman-like. He was saying horrible things about Crabtree, like, “when you mess with Sherman you go ddoowwnn!” “So don’t mess with me.” But it’s his reputation on the line and what he says effects what people think about him. To conclude, I have mixed thoughts about what Sherman had said.
Seattle seahawk’s Richard Sherman was being recorded on TV when he said some not so nice things about Crabtree on the 49ers. I think he should’t have said anything like that on TV in front of all of the people worldwide. And he should have said that his whole team won not just him. I think that was wrong on what he did . I think it is wrong because he is role model to younger people and they look up to him and if they saw him bragging on tv they would think they could do it too.
About his comment I think he should have said something but a nicer comment. Also I think he was wrong about that he was the best player. i think he should have said ” I just want to thank my team for playing well and I am very excited to go against the broncos and against the one of the best QB’s there is”
I do not think Richard Sherman should have done what he did and I also don’t think they should interview players right after the heat of the game when that certain player is really mad. But bragging about being the best in the league is not good and I do not think he should have said anything at all. He is really good but him bragging about it ruins it all an takes away the respect he would otherwise get
We would also love to hear from students about other topics – e-mail us any time at firstname.lastname@example.org – We also have invited older students from time to time, after receiving “op-ed”-style essays, to publish them in the WSB Forums for open discussion, so that’s always a possibility too. Thanks to Mr. McCall and his students!