Who says that Seattle Seahawks man-of-the-hour, Richard Sherman can’t pull a crowd. On Sunday, Sherman brought in over 22,000 people to Safeco Field to watch and support his second annual charity softball game. In attendance were Sherman’s teammates quarterback Russell Wilson, defensive end Michael Bennett, wide receiver Doug Baldwin and safety Earl Thomas. Even music’s hottest new group, Macklemore stopped by to play a little ball. However the highlight of the night was to see Laker’s Kobe Bryant pick-up a bat after 20 years and hit a solo homer.
“I respect these guys tremendously and it’s humbling, it’s not something you can put into words,” Sherman said before the game started. “You don’t wake up one day and be like I’m going to have Kobe Bryant, Nate Robinson, Lawyer Milloy playing in my softball game, and Macklemore. It’s something that happened and you’re numb to the feeling until like years later when you realize that was a pretty incredible event.”
In addition to Bryant, other NBA notables such as Jamal Crawford, former Seattle Super Sonics stars Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton took part, as did Chris Hansen, the investor hoping to bring the NBA back to Seattle.
“He’s a psycho like me,” Bryant said of Sherman. “I think it’s just mutual respect and I have a great amount of respect for people who work at their craft. When him and I met, we just talked and hit it off.” “I’ve always enjoyed coming here. I’d much rather come here in the postseason than Oklahoma,” Bryant said.
Richard Sherman’s Foundation is run by himself and his brother, Branton. The beneficiaries are Sherman’s Blanket Coverage Family Foundation and other local charities who supply under-privileged, school-age kids with clothes, backpacks, computers and athletic shoes “to even the field,” as Sherman put it. As a kid from Compton who made it to Stanford, he’s keenly aware of class distinctions and the negative vibe it creates.
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When most athletes talk about their post career aspirations most say broadcasting others may open a business, but you don’t hear many say that hey want to own an NFL team.
Super Bowl champion and two-time Pro Bowler, Russell Wilson are setting his sights on his next goal…owning an NFL team.
“I want to be an owner of a team one day, whether it’s baseball or football,” Wilson said Tuesday in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. “Maybe even both.”
“For me, I’d love to get around to as many people as I can,” said Wilson, a third-round draft choice by Seattle in 2012. “Because at the end of the day, I want to learn as much as I can so that way, in my future — down the road after playing 20 years hopefully for the Seahawks — I can do that.”
“The biggest thing is networking, first of all, and doing your job well,” Wilson said. “Whenever you do something, do it the best that you possibly can and produce all the time — whether it’s playing football or communicating.”
If Wilson makes it to this elite club of former players to own teams he won’t be alone, he’ll be listed with the likes of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and David Beckham.
Russell – why not you! See you in the owner’s box.
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If you have seen the newest EA Sports’ Madden 25 commercial you will see Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and 49ers QB Colin Kapernick place a bet that would have one of them without eyebrows on Monday, the day after their Sunday Night Football match-up.
What a great marketing strategy to get people to watch the game and people to buy the newest Madden game!
Kapernick and the 49ers lost 3-29 in prime time, and see what happened the next day…
While the video is VERY realistic looking, no eyebrows were hurt while shooting this. You can credit the amazing graphic work to the folks over at EA Sports.
Even though Kapernick didn’t really lose his brows I loved the marketing efforts.
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Jersey Girl Sports Fam- IT’s ON!!!
Three rookie quarterbacks take center stage today as they lead their teams into the play-offs. Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson are playing like veterans and have given their teams a boost this season with their exciting play and stunning leadership.
In fact for the first time in NFL history, an unprecedented five quarterbacks began the 2012 season: Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden and Russell Wilson all became game changers and stepped outside the box to define a new “normal” for the most important position on the field.
Rick Snyder from the Washington Examiner said that he has been waiting 20 years to cover an athlete like Robert Griffin III. “He is a rare individual. He made an impact right away; even in mini-camp you could tell he was going to be something special.” Snyder enthused.
The Redskins have bought in to Griffin’s leadership- his teammates voted the rookie offensive team captain which speaks volumes regarding their confidence in him.
“His teammates gravitated to him right away. Griffin is a big reason that the team chemistry has come together the way it has.Griffin has that natural ability to lift everyone up and make them better than they were before they met him. Right before their bye week the Redskins were 3-6 and feeling frustrated. The team felt that they were much better than their record; Griffin told the team that they could turn things around and make the playoffs and the team bought into that spirit. They went on to a seven game win streak. Now the team is loose, relaxed and expecting to win every game,” shared Snyder.
Andrew Luck came into the league facing a precarious situation, replacing the great Peyton Manning. Luck not only handled the pressure with grace and confidence-he produced despite additional obstacles with head coach Chuck Pagano out for several months battling leukemia, and is making a case for being named Rookie of the Year. He has thrown for a rookie record of 4,374 yards, as well as 23 touchdowns.
He has also earned the respect of his teammates, primarily wide receiver Reggie Wayne
“He’s come in and done an outstanding job — I’m just glad to be on his side,” said Wayne of Luck during an interview with the NFL Network. “I wouldn’t compare him to (Peyton). I want him to get his own legacy, I want to help him. Just keep winning games with him, man. I came in and talked to (Pagano, after he was hired), and he told me to take a leap of faith,” Wayne said. “That’s why I’m here today.”
The faith paid off, The Colts are headed to the play-offs in a bid for a Super Bowl Championship.
Russell Wilson was drafted by the Seahawks in the third round as a back-up developmental project: Matt Flynn was slated to be “The Man”. Nobody sent that memo to Wilson because won the starting job the job in training camp. Wilson has kept the Seahawks in play-off contention with an 11-5 record by making big plays when it counts, kept relatively error free and taking on a leadership role despite his rookie status. His 26 touchdown passes this season have tied Peyton Manning’s rookie record.
“(Wilson has) beat the Bears, the Packers, the Patriots. You show me another quarterback with his résumé, and I’ll show you a great quarterback.” Said teammate Richard Sherman in an interview with USA Today Sports Mike Garafolo.
The 1983 class of quarterback has been the gold standard by which quarterbacks have been measured. From that class of first-round draft picks which also consisted of Todd Blackledge, Ken O’Brien and Tony Eason; John Elway, Dan Marino and Jim Kelly are in the Hall of Fame.
The class of 2012 has a long way to go but they are playmakers who no longer fit the stereotype of the rookie quarterback on the sidelines with the clipboard and headset; instead they are making some noise on the field and on the right path to raise the bar.
JGS Fam are you ready?? Wings? Salsa? Drinks?? Who you Got??
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