Former Seattle Seahawks superstar Richard Sherman had been bouncing around the league for the last few years. While his newest job may be off of the field, the former Legion of Boom member isn’t ruling out an NFL comeback.
Amazon’s NFL on Prime Twitter account made the official announcement on Tuesday that Sherman will be joining the Thursday Night Football broadcast team. The broadcast team has already added Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit in the booth, along with another legendary player in former tight end Tony Gonzalez.
“I feel like it’s important for players to continue to push the game forward, and continue to educate the fans through real experience,” Sherman told NFL Network’s Steve Wyche. “I think the more informed and educated the fans are, the better the experience is.”
Richard Sherman Doesn’t Rule Out an NFL Comeback
Although he’s 34 years old and dipping his feet into the broadcasting world, Sherman made it clear that he hasn’t retired from football, and that he still has something left in the tank.
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“I’m still leaving that door open as long as I can,” Sherman told Wyche. “I’m obviously going to keep training and staying in shape, but gotta take the opportunities when they’re there, and this is an amazing opportunity with Amazon, so I couldn’t pass it up. But I’m going to leave that door open, if somebody wants to call late December, and needs some help, I’m happy to help.”
If Sherman signs with another team in 2022, it will be his 12th professional season. Although he hasn’t been the same player since leaving the Seahawks in 2017, Sherman was still a second-team All-Pro and Pro Bowler in 2019 with the San Francisco 49ers.
After a strong 2019 season, Sherman played just five games in 2020 due to a calf strain that landed him on injured reserve. He was released by the 49ers after the season, and although it seemed as if his NFL career might be coming to a close, he signed on with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in September of 2021.
Injuries kept Sherman sidelined again for the majority of the 2021 season, playing in just five games. Although he’s struggled to stay healthy the last two seasons, Sherman is still hopeful that a team will give him a call this year.
Sherman Is Excited About the Seahawks Draft Class
Even if he hasn’t been with the team in five years, Sherman is still keeping an eye on the Seahawks, and he likes what he saw from the draft class that general manager John Schneider brought in.
On The Richard Sherman Podcast, the 34-year-old talked about what he thought of the Seahawks class, praising some of the moves that he made. The Legion of Boom member pointed out former Cincinnati cornerback Coby Bryant specifically, calling him a draft-day steal.
“I think the Seahawks got a steal,” Sherman said on his podcast. “I think he’ll be a long-time starter for them. He’ll take over their corner spot that’s pretty much vacant. They didn’t re-sign D.J. Reed, Tre Brown is injured, Sydney Jones left [Jones has since re-signed]. So they have a huge hole there, and you were wondering how they would fill it…I really like that pick.”