Found December 28, 2012 on
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It’s Sir Richard Sherman To You
If you’re a Seattle Seahawks fan, and you don’t live under a rock or something, you’ve probably heard that Richard Sherman’s appeal of PED charges succeeded.
This development is critical to the Seahawks playoff hopes for multiple reasons.
Between Richard Sherman and opposite cornerback Brandon Browner, Seattle has a pair of big, athletic corners who aren’t afraid to challenge receivers and play physicaly. A stud pair of safeties in Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas certainly helps them play more aggressively, as does the Seahawks’ pass rush, but the twin towers are two of the biggest reasons Seattle is in the conversation for best defense of the league.
When the news broke of failed drug tests, the Seattle faithful were gloomy at the prospect of losing both starting cornerbacks simultaneously. Brandon Browner dropped his appeal and served his four-game suspension, but Sherman fought it and won.
Richard Sherman successfully appealed his four-game suspension. (Photo: Getty)
Apparently, the NFL mishandled the sample and there were errors in the chain of custody. Supposedly when Sherman gave the original sample, the cup was leaking, and and a second cup had to be used.
This constitutes a violation of league policy, and Sherman and his lawyer were able to get the sample thrown out on that technicality.
Sherman has accumulated seven interceptions and three forced fumbles on the season, but his impact on the team goes beyond measured statistics.
The 6’3” 195 pound Stanford product has developed into one of the league’s best corners in only his second year.
Sherman can shut down another team’s No. 1 receiver and is truly only threatened by elite wide outs. His dominating performances against the Niners (highlighted by a pick and blocked field goal returned for a touchdown) put the cap on lockdown season.
The only reason Sherman isn’t starting in the Pro Bowl is that at the time of voting, his PED allegations were still floating around.
Beyond a stud pair of starters, Seattle’s cornerback depth is a question mark. Second string cornerbacks Marcus Trufant and Walter Thurmond have had nagging injuries all year, and beyond them the team has little experience at cornerback.
Browner will return for the playoffs, but if Sherman’s suspension had gone through, opposing teams could have thrown at Seattle much more freely.
With Sherman playing, Seattle’s stud cornerback duo is reunited, and opposing offensive coordinators will have that much harder of a time finding prospects in the air.
Having Sherman back changes the Seahawks secondary from pretty good to elite, and in today’s pass heavy league, in the pass heavy playoffs, elite is what it will need to be to give Seattle a chance.
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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman spent Wednesday evening discussing how his Pro Bowl snub did not rattle him very much.
This is most likely because he knew good news was on the way on Thursday.
The defensive back was initially slapped with a four-game suspension for the alleged use of Adderall.
He promptly appealed and subsequently won his fight over the ban.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman announced on Twitter that he has won his appeal, which will overturn a four-game ban for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy.
"I won," Sherman tweeted. "Thank you @nfl for upholding the truth! To the 12s Thank you your faith is rewarded! Thank you lord."
Sherman, who has been fighting his suspension...
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman won his appeal of a four-game suspension for use of performance enhancing substances on Thursday, making him eligible for the NFL playoffs.
Sherman posted ''I won,'' on his Twitter account Thursday morning, followed by teammates tweeting their congratulations. Sherman added, ''Thank you (at)nfl for upholding the...
RENTON, Wash. — Even when others were suggesting he drop his case and accept his punishment, Richard Sherman never strayed from his steadfast belief that his four-game suspension would be overturned.
As unlikely as it seemed, Sherman was right.
The Seattle Seahawks will now have one of the best young cornerbacks in the NFL available for the playoffs after Sherman won his appeal...
Richard Sherman has won his appeal of a four-game PED suspension. Sherman, originally suspended for Adderall, cited flaws with the collection of his specimen.
Sherman said that his urine was contaminated because the cup used to collect it was leaking. The collector then used a second cup.
Teammate Brandon Browner also tested positive for Adderall and will serve the final game of...
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has said that he has won his appeal against the NFL for a four game suspension for violating the league’s performance enhancing drug policy.
Sherman tweeted the following just after noon on Thursday.
“Thank you @nfl for upholding the truth! To the 12s Thank you your faith is rewarded! Thank you lord. I won.”
News first broke of...
Christmas week just keeps getting better for the Seattle Seahawks. Today, cornerback Richard Sherman announced he’d won his appeal of a four-game suspension related to performance enhancing drugs that would have kept him out of Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams, and, more importantly, the entire NFC playoffs. The league hadn’t yet announced the results before Sherman...
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman tweeted that he won his appeal of a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. "I won," Sherman wrote Thursday at @RSherman_25. "Thank you @nfl for upholding the truth! To the 12s Thank you your faith is rewarded! Thank you lord" Sherman and fellow Seahawks cornerback...
The loud mouth playmaker will play for the Seahawks into the playoffs.
Each year there are going to be worthy players that don’t get there due appreciation during the voting process for the NFL’s Pro Bowl.
Hype, reputation, respect and veteran status are key ingredients that peel names off the ballot and onto the roster.
But as stated, some guys are criminally disrespected.
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