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Richard Sherman laments loss of privacy partly caused by brash personality

As Richard Sherman prepares to enter his fourth NFL season now as arguably one of the most recognizable faces in professional football, he took a moment to mention how he laments the loss of privacy he now experiencing with regularity in his personal life, something that largely can be blamed on the Seattle Seahawks cornerback’s brash, often attention-grabbing behavior, both on and off the field.

Sherman ranks among the top defensive backs in the game — in the past two seasons alone, he has had 16 interceptions and 40 passes defensed — and as a result received a huge raise befitting such status.

The Seahawks and Sherman in May agreed to a 4-year deal worth $57.4 million, making him one of the highest-paid defensive backs in the league as well.

Between his great play on the field leading Seattle to a Super Bowl title in February to his cocky personality and sometimes outrageous demeanor — no need to look any further than his infamous postgame interview meltdown with Erin Andrews after the Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game — Sherman finds it difficult to live his life on a day-to-day basis without being hounded for photographs and other invasions into his privacy.

Sherman came into the NFL has a relatively unheralded and mostly unknown commodity. That has changed dramatically, and while Sherman has to admit there are benefits to becoming an NFL superstar with charisma in spades, something that led to Sherman landing on the cover of “Madden 15,” among other things, there are certainly drawbacks as well.

Sherman became practically a household name following his postgame rant and his profile has only been raised since then.

“It’s difficult at times. It’s more frustrating at times,” Sherman tells the Associated Press about his lack of anonymity. “When you’re at dinner with your family or you’re just trying to be out hanging out on vacation and you can’t just sit there and sit on the boat without people driving up to the boat, constantly trying to take pictures and then them calling you rude because you say you just want to relax and be on vacation for a second.

“It gets to be a bit much when you lose your personal time,” the 26-year-old laments.

Kobe Bryant, who played in Sherman’s softball tournament had advice about how the cornerback should handle himself from this point forward.

“For him, football is the root of everything. So you have to always stay focused on that — first and foremost — and surround yourself with people in other areas that can support that vision,” said Bryant. “But you can’t get distracted from that. You have to stay focused on what got you there because that is the root of everything.

“As long as you stay centered on that and hire very talented people around you to manage areas that are important to you then you’ll be absolutely fine.”

Sherman, meanwhile, does his best to block out the white-hot spotlight from time to time. From locking himself in a room to play video games or something as simple as hanging out and watching a movie with his gal, the young star understands it’s up to him to get what he needs out of his down time.

“I really put time in it, I focus on it. I cut my phone off. Nobody comes and bothers me when I play my games,” he said. “It allows you to clear your head for a while, and when it’s time to get back to work it’s time to get back to work.”

As is the case with ensuring that he maintains a low profile off the field at times, it is how Sherman conducts himself both a superstar on the field and the center of attention off of it. How he balances those two things going forward will say a lot about whether or not Sherman remains one of the best on the gridiron and somebody deserving of our attention when he’s not playing.

[Sporting News]