On Sunday night, Seattle Seahawks corner Richard Sherman competed in the Super Bowl with the rest of his team. Though he lost the big game, Richard still has a multi-million dollar contract, which would lead one to believe that his family is set for life.
Shockingly, it has been revealed that Richard’s father, Kevin Sherman, still works as a garbageman who gets up at 3:45 for his shift, and works holidays for the overtime. Even more surprising? It’s his choice.
“My son is an NFL player, but I don’t want my son taking care of me the rest of my life,” the father said, according to Daily Mail.
Last year, Richard signed a four year $56 million contract with the Seahawks, but his dad has made it clear this won’t stop him from working.
“People say, ‘Let your son take care of you,'” said the elder Sherman, who lost an eye in a go-karting accident when he was 14. “Yeah, but I’ve got a few years left until I retire. Why would I mess up my own retirement?”
“I have a medical plan that will cover me. Why should my son have to pay my medical bills? It doesn’t make sense to me,” he added. “It’s something to keep busy, and it’s easy now. If I take a day off, I don’t need to worry about where my money is coming from.”
Kevin is just 18 months from retirement after 26 years driving the streets of Compton, one of the most notoriously dangerous areas of Los Angeles. His son, who attended Stanford University before joining the Seahawks, has always credited his parents for instilling him with a strong work ethic. His mom Beverly still works with disabled children in urban areas.
Just because he isn’t letting his son take care of him, doesn’t mean the elder Sherman isn’t proud of him. He fondly remembers the NFL Championship game last season, when his son deflected a would-be touchdown pass to save the Seahawks from defeat.
“I sat there for a good 30 minutes after the game was over,” the proud father recounted. “It was kind of a proud moment, you know? I had to sit there and gather myself, then I headed down to where the parents go.”