(1090 The Fan) — He’s loud, he can be obnoxious, he loves the camera and is flat-out controversial at times. But the real Richard Sherman is an intelligent, well-spoken, gifted athlete — who is clearly one of the world’s most influential figures.

Time magazine has recognized Sherman in its annual “100 Most Influential People” issue.

Here’s what Sean Gregory of Time had to say about the Super Bowl XLVIII-winning defensive back:

“Richard Sherman introduced himself to much of America on Jan. 19, shortly after his game-clinching tipped pass sent his Seattle Seahawks to Super Bowl XLVIII. In a postgame interview, millions watched as Sherman looked into the camera and hurled a mass of smack talk, proclaiming, ‘I’m the best corner in the game!’ and calling one foe ‘sorry.’

Sherman’s rant solidified his reputation as one of the brashest and most candid players in the buttoned-up NFL. More important, it sparked a national conversation about race, stereotyping and sportsmanship. When critics labeled the dreadlocked defensive star a ‘thug,’ Sherman, a Compton, Calif.–raised Stanford graduate, engaged the debate, asking if the term was today’s way of calling him the N word? In a heartbeat, Sherman altered the discourse and emerged as the smartest voice in the room.”

Read more about Sherman and see the rest of Time’s list here.

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