Former Superbowl Champion Richard Sherman is stepping away from football for a while. The voice of the legion of boom is walking away from football- for now. The 34-year-old veteran cornerback did not rule out a potential return to the game, putting off retirement for the moment. Sherman will work on Amazon Prime’s Video Primetime, Halftime and post-game shows on Thursday Nights. He will be joining Hall of Fame Tight End Tony Gonzalez, Al Michaels, and Kirk Herbstreit as notable names to headline the streamers First Season of TNF coverage.
Sherman enters the next stage of his career with quite a legacy. A five-time Pro Bowler and three time First-Team All-Pro selection, Sherman blossomed into a shutdown cornerback just as Seattle Seahawks rose to prominence in the earlier half of the last decade. The former fifth round pick from Stanford was an essential part of a stifling Seattle defense that helped the Seahawks make consecutive Super Bowl appearances in the 2013 and 2014 seasons, winning Super Bowl XLVIII in a dominant performance against the high-powered Denver Broncos.
Sherman, Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, and the Legion of Boom made it back to the grand stage a year later but fell in heartbreaking (and still to this day, perplexing) fashion to Tom Brady’s New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIV. They’d never reach the game’s greatest stage again. But thanks to the contributions of the trio and many others (Bobby Wagner and Earl Thomas), Seattle remained a power in the NFL for the rest of the decade.
As often happens in the NFL, Sherman’s career in Seattle ended abruptly following the 2017 season when he was released by the Seahawks in a cost-saving move. He wasn’t employed long, signing a three year, thirty-nine million deal with San Francisco one day after Seattle released him. Sherman helped lead the 49ers to an appearance in Super Bowl LIV in 2019 and played out his contract in San Francisco before joining the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers early in the 2021 season. He played five games for the Buccaneers before ending the campaign. His 11th in the league on injured reserve in January.
If the departures of Wilson and Wagner weren’t enough, Shermans move to broadcasting confirms the end of a legendary era in Seattle. Sherman has not suited up for the Seahawks since 2017. Because he was one of the faces of the franchise in its greatest moments, he even graced the cover of Madden 15. His pivot to Amazon Prime Video brings a glorious time in the Pacific Northwest, if not his career. The news does not mean the end to Richard Sherman’s football career. Sherman, 34, played five games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a 2021 season that saw him limited by injury. Sherman plans to stay in football shape and plans to be ready if a team gives him a call.