Richard Sherman has been the attention of attraction as of late with the speculation that there was a conflict brewing between Wilson and him, but that was shut down last week at the Seahawks’ minicamp.
“We’re teammates. It’s like a family. It’s like everybody else in a family. We fight for one another. Just like I’m fighting for the other 52 guys out there, I’m fighting for him, and he’s fighting for us. And we have a great appreciation for how tough our quarterback is and what he has played through.
“Last year, he played through a number of injuries, and he’s not doing that because, ‘Oh, man, I’ve just got to go out there and it’s a job.’ He’s doing that for the guys next to him, and we appreciate that. We think he’s a great quarterback.”
The Seahawks have always been the team that believes that family comes first and they have applied it day in and day out on and off the field. Sherman has always been a guy to be vocal on how he felt about his teammates and the organization, but he has never thrown anyone under the bus. His strong personality is what makes the Seahawks great, because he is a leader and knows what his teammate’s potential is and will push them to exceed expectations.
“I hold myself to a high standard, and I’m a heart-on-the-sleeve kind of player,” Sherman said. “So I’m competitive as all get out. That’s what he means. He means I’m competitive as anybody out there and at all times I’m competing. At all times I’m trying to win. At all times I’m trying to push the envelope and push the limits and it has always been the case — publicly, privately and elsewhere. So that’s what he means.
“It’s never changed, it’s never wavered. At times it might have gotten kind of overblown. I might have gone over the top. He understands where it was coming from, and so did my teammates. So like I said before, it’s just the competitiveness. It’s just a competitive team and that’s why my teammates still ride with me. They’re still ride or die. Just like any other family. You’re going to have good times and bad times, but you show your true colors through the good and the bad. And they ride with me through the good and the bad, and I ride with them through the good and the bad, because we’ve been there. We’re battle-tested.”
With this conflict set to rest, now the Seahawks have more work to do to get ready for the upcoming season. It will be exciting to see if they could all come together to make a deep playoff run.