SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks announced Wednesday that cornerback Richard Sherman was selected as 2015 ‘Man of the Year’ for his performance on the field and community service.
Sherman is now eligible for the ‘Walter Payton Man of the Year Award,’ presented by Nationwide. It is the only league award that recognizes a player’s performance on the field and off-the-field service to the community.
He was raised in Compton, California and was a great athlete and a straight-A student in high school.
Sherman, now a three-time All-Pro selection, is dedicated to the importance of education for inner-city kids through his foundation ‘Blanket Coverage – The Richard Sherman Family Foundation.’ The organization helps provide school supplies and clothing to students in need.
Throughout the year, Sherman travels to schools and gives motivational speeches about hard work and goal-setting.
Sherman is a mentor to more than 50 high school students and actively monitors their grades.
Each holiday season, Sherman has supported families. Last December, he provided gifts to 25 families in need while also giving them items they really needed.
“We’re trying to help a lot of kids academically, to get themselves in a better position to be successful later on in life,” Sherman said. “That’s always the goal of our foundation and everything we do; all our efforts are focused on making sure the next generation has a better chance, especially focusing on kids in underprivileged neighborhoods and underfunded schools.”
Each finalist for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award will receive a $5,000 donation from the NFL Foundation and Nationwide to the charity of their choice.
Seattle Seahawks Man of the Year Selections
|1976||T||Norm Evans||1998||DT||Sam Adams|
|1980||QB||Jim Zorn||1999||QB||Jon Kitna|
|1981||DT||Manu Tuiasosopo||2000||QB||Jon Kitna|
|1982||CB||Dave Brown||2001||QB||Brock Huard|
|1983||WR||Paul Johns||2002||QB||Trent Dilfer|
|1984||P||Jeff West||2003||QB||Matt Hasselbeck|
|1985||TE||Mike Tice||2004||FB||Mack Strong|
|1986||TE||Mike Tice||2005||RB||Shaun Alexander|
|1987||TE||Mike Tice||2006||CB||Marcus Trufant|
|1988||WR||Steve Largent||2007||WR||Bobby Engram|
|1989||K||Norm Johnson||2008||DE||Patrick Kerney|
|1990||DE||Jacob Green||2009||CB||Josh Wilson|
|1991||S||Eugene Robinson||2010||CB||Roy Lewis|
|1992||S||Eugene Robinson||2011||TE||John Carlson|
|1993||S||Eugene Robinson||2012||T||Russell Okung|
|1994||WR||Brian Blades||2013||WR||Doug Baldwin|
|1995||S||Eugene Robinson||2014||QB||Russell Wilson|
|1996||K||Todd Peterson||2015||CB||Richard Sherman|